Jupiter Ascending

Film, Action and adventure
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Jupiter Ascending

You have to hand it to Lana and Andy Wachowski: they don’t do things by halves. Fresh from blending dystopian sci-fi, period drama, posh-boy cannibalism and just about everything else under the sun in the gloriously insane ‘Cloud Atlas’, they’ve taken a step backwards, forwards and skywards with this berserk space opera.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ weaves in the messianic elements of ‘The Matrix’, the punch-in-the-eye visual intensity of ‘Speed Racer’ and the fruity performances of ‘Cloud Atlas’ – not to mention random splashes of ‘Dune’, ‘Foundation’, ‘Flash Gordon’, ‘Barbarella’ and ‘Brazil’ – into one breathtaking, mindscrambling, what-the-hell-am-I-watching intergalactic fantasy. It could very well end their careers, but they’ll be going out with one hell of a bang.

Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, a Russian immigrant in modern-day Chicago whose workaday life takes an unexpected turn when she becomes an assassination target for scenery-shredding Shakespearean psycho Eddie Redmayne, the universe’s premier power-broker. Whisked to safety by hired hunter Channing Tatum (part wolf, part man, all beefcake) and his amazing anti-grav boots, Jupiter learns that she is the genetic reincarnation of the Queen of the Universe, a title which grants her infinite wealth and the power to control bees for some reason.

We’d love to say that the Wachowskis manage to wrangle all these disparate elements into a satisfying whole, but this is one mad mess from start to finish, crammed with flying dinosaur sidekicks, fetish-mask robots, impossible-to-follow intrigue and ripe, bizarrely straight-faced dialogue. But the sheer ambition is impossible to ignore, and the sense of fun is infectious: you may fear for your sanity during ‘Jupiter Ascending’, but you’ll come out smiling.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Release date: Friday February 6 2015
Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Screenwriter: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Cast: Mila Kunis
Channing Tatum
Sean Bean
Eddie Redmayne

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Okay, I was thinking two stars, but you've convinced me with your enthusiasm. You might as well add The Terminator to the list of ingredients (Jupiter = Sarah Connor, the wolf bloke = Kyle Reese).

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Just entertaining. That's what I would say in short about the film. After all the hype created with trailers that show action on all kind of environments, in the end it turns out it's just collection of action scenes that last longer than they should in most cases.

In a universe that has much more to explore, we are left with the surface of what could be a huge lore and leaves the feeling that all the details left roughly explained are left like that in order to create new films that will expand the background of the story. Only the audience will tell if we'll see a new feature or not.