The planets were not aligned for the release of “Jupiter Ascending” this weekend, a new action packed science fiction film written, produced and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowskis (“The Matrix,” “Speed Racer,” “Cloud Atlas”). The film stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne in an epic battle over the ownership of Earth.
With the release of “Jupiter Ascending,” the Wachowskis have another flop on their hands. But it is also the most expensive film the duo has released, costing a staggering $175 million to make.
The film follows the life of Jupiter Jones, played by Mila Kunis, an average Russian-born cleaning lady who “hates her life.” The film is set in modern day Chicago and her world is turned upside down when she meets Caine Wise, played by Channing Tatum, who represents an alien race from another galaxy. Together they fight to discover and unfold the secrets of the universe in order to save the human race on earth.
The film’s original release date was pushed back due to delayed special effects editing. Although the film was jam packed with science fiction action sequences, the overall theme of the film seemed to get lost in space.
The Wachowski’s screenplay was filled with hard to follow language and slang that lacked explanation. There was a need for smoother scene transitions and flow between the various plot points. Throughout the film there was no specific plot point that the audience was able to follow. Given that each character had their own specific agenda, there was a constant clash in motives.
However, the Wachowskis do get credit for their character casting. Mila Kunis brought a very human-like sense of normalcy to the craziness within all the space travel and battles. Eddie Redmayne, shines through as Balem Abrasax, the royal leader of another galaxy who’s mission is to “harvest” earth and destroy the human race. Redmayne seduces the audience with his villainous temperament and whispered mannerisms. With the merest eyebrow-elevation or sly disclosure of ripped abs, Redmayne rules the film.
The overall mood of the film appeared to have a “Star Wars” wannabe attitude, with each new world more fantastically overdressed than the last and dialogue that would make George Lucas cringe.
True science fiction fans and easy moviegoers may find the film enchanting and entertaining. But for those looking for a well developed intergalactic phenomenon that leaves you sitting on the edge of you seat, “Jupiter Ascending” is not where you can find it.
Rating: 3 Stars
Jupiter Ascending is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 7 minutes.
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQHKolIqBGs