Posted: Nov 29, 2022 5:18 am
by don't get me started
Downsizing.
Came across this while scrolling through Netflix and decided to give it a go.
Glad I did.
The story follows Matt Damon who undergoes a radical new procedure that can shrink humans down to about 10 cm in height. (Yeah, once you suspend your disbelief, the rest falls into place.) So, the idea is that this new smaller version of humanity will consume vastly less resources and thus help save the planet. The Damon character yields about 150K in assests in the large world, but because of the down scaling he can draw on that money in the small world and it has the same buying power as about 12M USD.

I won't spoil the rest, but of course, the small world isn't the utopia it was meant to be. (One wry note was the way in which the ecological do gooders who miniaturized themselves for ethical, environmental reasons recreated in miniature the most wasteful and anti-human settlement they could: car-dependent American suburban sprawl of endless single family detached houses!)

The stand out mention goes to Hong Chau who plays a Vietnamese dissident who was miniaturized against her will by the Vietnamese government and smuggled into the US in a television box. (Illegals are a lot harder to detect when they are only 10 cm tall!) She speaks a marvelous hybrid English that just had me laughing (in a good way). Fully fluent and discourse competent but using English in a way that flies in the face of many grammar conventions....spot on in identifying the way in which English is often used outside the Anglosphere.

Anyways, give it a watch if you have the chance.