Mila Kunis plays the only person who possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the highly evolved Queen of the Universe. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign is a Russian immigrant cleaning lady on Earth. A bounty hunter (Channing Tatum) is dispatched to take her down, but ...more
Mila Kunis plays the only person who possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the highly evolved Queen of the Universe. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign is a Russian immigrant cleaning lady on Earth. A bounty hunter (Channing Tatum) is dispatched to take her down, but instead, falls in love with the earthling and decides to become her protector. less
“Jupiter Ascending descended into an utterly confused mess. ”
It seems that the Wachaowskis have a weird fascination for human harvesting and ‘us’ – the lesser human beings, being completely oblivious to the grand scheme of events at play. It’s time they shed their tag of sci-fi visionaries, unless they want to be written off as a one-movie-franchise wonder. Jupiter Ascending is a love story blooming amongst an alien aristocracy battle for maternal inheritance and the single-most precious resource in the universe – time.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is a Russian damsel in distress, who’s destined to big things in life, but cleans toilets for a living (Something she does for a major chunk of the movie). As she continues with her sad and mundane existence, little did she know that she’s an integral cog in the grand intergalactic scheme of events, and ravenous alien bounty hunters are after her life. Enter Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a buffed-up defective genetically modified splice with DNA mix of humans and a wolf-like creature, who’s here to protect Jupiter. Amongst this chaos, Jupiter learns that life on earth and other earth-like planets was seeded by alien aristocracies and human beings are harvested by them to create a youth elixir that scientifically bestows eternal youth and beauty. She also gets to know that she’s a reincarnation of the matriarch of the Abrasax family – one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe.
The seemingly complex plot is actually quite simple and has been unnecessarily convoluted. The performances are bland and lack emotions. The chemistry between Tatum and Kunis is endothermic and cold. Even with Tatum literally sweeping Kunis off her feet with his gravity defying boots and the scene with the tractor beam slowly levitating them above the Willis towers, the vibes fail to sweep the audience off their feet. Eddie Redmayne was convincing enough as Balem Abrasax – the menacing uber-villain, however, nowhere comparable to his spectacular portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’.
The only thing going for the movie is its visually stunning appeal. Frankly, it seems, the Wachaowskis spent all their focus and effort on making this movie a visual treat. They specially assigned Pictorvision to custom build a new cutting-edge camera called the Multicam Array, which stitches together individual shots to create one rich panoramic shot. The Chicago chase sequence is impressive and gripping. Giant spaceships traversing in and out of wormholes and the planet Jupiter with its grand Red Spot and super-massive hurricanes have been depicted beautifully.
The Wachaowskis have taken on a downward trajectory since The Matrix Trilogy and seems to hit rock bottom with Jupiter Ascending. It’s time for them to dump the sci-fi genre and explore some other genres for their next original idea. Watch Jupiter Ascending if you enjoy only the special effects and VFX in a movie and don’t care much if all the other aspects of it suck.