Matt Damon lives small in the trailer for sci-fi comedy Downsizing

Downsizing

The trailer presents "downsizing" as a Lilliputian Utopia, but there also comes major risks, such as inclement weather, hungry animals, and the occasional oversized shoe.

In this alternate future, overpopulation is a big issue.

Norwegian scientists have made a breakthrough, figuring out how to shrink people to a fraction of their size. Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) elect to have the procedure, and find themselves in the midst of "life-changing adventures". The incentive, as Jason Sudeikis explains to Damon in the trailer, is to be able stretch your resources farther.

Co-stars Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau Warren Belle, Kathryn Aboya, Juan Carlos Velis and co-producer Mark Johnson attended the film's premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on Monday (September 11) in Toronto, Canada.

The trailer features some gorgeous special effects, as Damon is scooped up like a beef patty post-procedure or entranced by his new Stuart Little-esque view of the suddenly much larger world. Downsizing is Payne's first film since Nebraska in 2013, and it took him and collaborator Jim Taylor more than decade to write the script.

We'll have to wait until the December 22 release to find out if the newfound freedom of living small comes with any unintended pitfalls or if the cautionary tale is for us regular-sized folks who are still living too large.

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