Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Genre : Action/Adventure/SF
Country : USA/UK
Mila Kunis : Jupiter Jones
Channing Tatum : Caine Wise
Sean Bean : Stinger Apini
Director : Andy & Lana Wachowski
“It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet.”
In terms of views and images, “Jupiter Ascending” is a spectacle with an impressive space footage, sometimes rousing action sequences and titillating extraterrestrial fantasies. But just as a book of Jack Vance, it really doesn’t make any sense in the beginning. The difference is that while reading that book of Vance, the intended message becomes clear to you. With “Jupiter Ascending” it’s still fairly muddled and incomprehensible in the end and you seem to sink into hotchpotch of futuristic ideas. An epic work that throws together different aspects from other SF classics such as “Flash Gordon“, “Star Wars” and “Battlestar Galactica“. The added Cinderella fairytale with someone living on earth whose DNA equals that of some space queen, makes it complete.
The Wachowskis not only experienced a physical (at least one of the two) transformation, but there’s also something missing when it comes to creativity because they seem to be unable to match the masterful and groundbreaking “The Matrix“. Visually “Jupiter Ascending” is a masterpiece, but the story is a messy and chaotic whole. The release of the movie was delayed because of certain deficiencies and they still needed to adjust the visual character of the film. That wasn’t a good omen in the first place. Especially the characters without depth, the ridiculous dialogues and a forced romantic story make this film pretty weak. I admit that the rescue operation at the beginning of the film in which Caine prevents Jupiter being abducted by alien “Keepers”, while flying around on his jet-like roller skates, was a breathtaking part that lasted for ages. The flashy chase between the buildings is intense, exciting and masterfully portrayed. But that wasn’t the last time he had to save her. The film seems like an endless rescue operation. And after a while those special skates aren’t that special anymore.
Do you want to be lead away through the infinite universe where you’ll experience one surprise after another and become completely bewildered by the brilliant computer graphics (and as I have been told the 3D version is unprecedented) ? Well, then you have to see this epic space story, full of strange creatures, aliens and exotic places. You also like some romantic posturing and a happy ending ? Than you shouldn’t miss it either. But are you also wishing for a fascinating story filled with interesting characters, then this will be a huge disappointment. A better alternative is “Guardians of the Galaxy” where the mix of all these ingredients doesn’t create a bitter aftertaste !
Links : IMDB