Title – Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Director – The Wachowski’s (The Matrix)
Cast – Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Sean Bean
Plot – Young cleaner Jupiter (Kunis) discovers she is actually a reincarnated heiress that could see her become the earth’s rightful owner. Caught up in a war between warring siblings led by Balem (Redmayne), Jupiter finds safety alongside warrior Caine (Tatum).
“Some lives will always matter more than others”
Review by Eddie on 7/07/2015
There’s a cry out there ringing loud and more frequent by the hour, a cry that calls for more originality in our increasingly sequel led, comic book and remake centric movie industry but when our collective cry for fresh ideas snares us something like Jupiter Ascending, it must be said that perhaps the studios are depressingly right in their culling of funds and support for such risky new ideas.
The Wachowski siblings were once the talk of Hollywood town, the harbingers of the new Sci-Fi age with the Matrix and it’s slightly questionable follow ups just the type of ideas that seem somewhat rarer today than they were back in Neo’s first adventure in 1999 but these siblings have now fallen victim to a string of flops from the enjoyable yet overstuffed Speed Racer, the misunderstood but not surprising flop Cloud Atlas and now this huge 150 plus million dollar Sci-Fi turkey that could just be the final straw in the Wachowski’s ability to be able to secure funding for any further ambitions they may have.
With its collection of production delays, release date hold offs and talk of much internal conflict regarding the final product, Jupiter Ascending didn’t have an ideal lead up to its release and with its failure to capitalise in any market place both domestic or foreign, along with films like Tomorrowland, this will go down as one of the year’s most colossal flops that could just see this wannabe Sci-Fi epic be used as an example for others as to why such money should not be spent on original property ideas which for all us is a very bad thing indeed.
Whilst there could be endless debate on the career of the Wachowski siblings, the fall from grace of original filmmaking and the future of Sci-Fi cinema, what makes Jupiter Ascending such a bad film is a collection of elements that combine to create one of the most overblown and underachieving space operas that has ever been created. Filled with endless ideas and possibilities that neither come to fruition or the forefront despite small moments that seem to suggest the film could all of a sudden become something special, Jupiter Ascending never gets its own personality or heart that would’ve made it the event film both the studio and filmmakers so clearly wanted.
From the miscasting of Mila Kunis, the almost laughably made up Channing Tatum, through to Eddie Redmayne’s horrendous whispering villain, every character in the Wachowski’s journey gets lost in a plot that has everything from human harvesting, alien doctors, impromptu weddings and scenes of gratuitous toilet cleaning yet nothing that makes us care, especially when there is so much confusion amongst all the backstory, side plots and Sci-Fi mumbo-jumbo. With care factor at zero no amount of CGI wizardry can save this overstuffed tale and when Tatum’s Caine penchant for flying around on some air skating shoes frequently comes to the forefront, Jupiter Ascending can never become anything more than a showcase for money not well spent.
There may just be an audience for Jupiter Ascending out there and perhaps a long life of cult fandom awaits it, but the audience for this film was clearly not at the cinema and for most people like myself, Jupiter Ascending is a shoddily constructed, lazily edited and dire example of why original movie making is quickly becoming a dying art.
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