Movie Review : Jupiter Ascending

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Set in a future where, unknown to its inhabitants, Earth is nothing more than a field to be harvested at some future point, Jupiter (Kunis) is a down on her luck house-cleaner who is suddenly thrust into a reality where the universe is carved up between various families. These families take a planet, seed it with humans, wait till it becomes over populated then harvest the humans to make a youth serum that keeps them alive for many thousands of years.

But there is a catch. Genetic reincarnation is possible and our feisty young heroine Jupiter, is the reincarnation of the Abraxis family matriarch. The Abraxis family is the most powerful of all the families and the 3 adult children are warring over plants and inheritance so the appearance of their reincarnated mother throws everything into chaos.

Jupiter is suddenly the most sought after woman in the universe and, as some (and perhaps all) of her siblings may not have her best interests at heart, she must rely on the half wolf/ half man hybrid Caine (Tatum) to protect and guide her through this strange new reality.

Okay….so did you all follow that?

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I was so keen for this movie, having loved The Matrix, and all the trailers hinted at something very similar. The reality is somewhat different and I am pretty sure this is meant to be the first in a franchise. If not, that’s what it seemed like to me. We had a huge array of worlds and characters that were all introduced and just as quickly passed over. I would loved to have seen some of these characters fleshed out, got to see some more of their story.

This is such a great cast and even when dressed in the most ridiculous of costumes, they manage beautifully. Eddie Redmayne was a disappointment though, perhaps unfair that I judged him against his recent Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking. Kunis and Tatum share some really nice chemistry and are believable as potential lovers which makes it all the more of a shame that this will be the only Jupiter movie we see.

The script is muddled and with way too many characters vying for screen time, it is very difficult to follow. It takes you a solid 30 minutes before you can start piecing it all together…..then you must keep up as we travel at warp speed through the rest of the movie.

Battle scenes went on for way too long and if 30 minutes had been cut and left for the Blu-Ray Directors Cut, perhaps we would have seen a far superior movie.

The saving grace is the special effects and the worlds that have been created. This is all beyond spectacular and worth the ticket price alone.

This is one for the sci-fi geeks and Kunis fans.

2 1/2 stars

Love Flick xx

Director :  Andy Wachowski (as The Wachowskis) , Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis)

Starring : Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton

Running Time :  127 minutes

Release Date :  19 February 2015

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