In the movie Downsizing, when scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community–a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
Alexander Payne, the director of the Oscar nominated films About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska, directed Downsizing.
A memorable scene from the trailer does not appear in the final film: A group of down-sized people are drinking from a life-sized bottle of Vodka, which in the “small” world would hold the comparative volume of hundreds of gallons.
Downsizing is Alexander Payne’s most expensive project to date costing somewhere between $65m and $90m. In it’s opening weekend, it took less than $9m at the US box-office. It is also his biggest box office bomb.