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Good things come in small packages? Not always

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Preston Barta

Downsizing (2 of 5 stars) - The latest from Alexander Payne (Nebraska, Sideways) is perhaps the most frustrating movie experience of the year, next to Darren Aronofsky’s mother! It sets up so much promise at its opening by introducing the concept of a scientific breakthrough where people can shrink themselves to the size of Ant-Man, but unfortunately, the Matt Damon-starring movie squashes all its creativity and fun by turning into an overly preachy film that twists too far from what was advertised. There are stellar performances — most notably Hong Chau as a Vietnamese dissident shrunk against her will by the government — and some hard-hitting moments, but there’s no sense of direction. Rated R, 135 minutes.

FEATURED IMAGE: Matt Damon appears in a scene from Downsizing. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

PRESTON BARTA is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read his work on FreshFiction.tv. Follow him on Twitter @PrestonBarta.