From the directors of The Matrix trilogy comes Jupiter Ascending where in a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen’s reign.
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 toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, 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.
Tranny Lana Wachowski, who was formerly the other Brother Wachowski, codirects.
Originally scheduled for release July 18, 2014, the movie Jupiter Ascending was pushed back to February 6, 2015 because of “bad word of mouth during test screenings.” Which simply means that the studio needs time to allow the directors to edit the movie and hopefully save it from box office disaster.
Jupiter Ascending (Review)
By Audrey Shine (Wild About Movies resident movie critic)
Moviegoers will be happy to know that Jupiter Ascending is not as confusing as Cloud Atlas, but will be disappointed that it’s not ground breaking like The Matrix. It doesn’t linger with you emotionally like V for Vendetta. So what it is? Entertaining, light weight sci-fi with interesting stunts, very cool characters, and lots of explosions (Audrey loves explosions on screen.)
Once again, Eddie Redmayne, as Balem Abrasax, steals the screen and creates a truly creepy, sinister character that sets the plot in motion. Channing Tatum (Caine Wise) and Mila Kunis (Jupiter Jones) keep the “hero/damsel in distress” love story moving forward. Douglas Booth is memorable as the “is he really a nice guy or a bad guy?” brother of Balem and Kalique Abrasax, played by Tuppence Middelton, who gives new meaning to vanity and narcissism. All in all, the Abrasax family are the story line. And you know how families are…
Jupiter Ascending is light weight science fiction – it’s not darkly sinister (Event Horizon) or super scientific (Interstellar.) The special effects are fresh and interesting, but not revolutionary. Maybe I’m spoiled, but this won’t go down as the Wachowski’s seminal achievement: just an enjoyable Saturday afternoon.
Watch the Jupiter Ascending trailer.