Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Published by Rashid Davis / April 4,2015

Jupiter Jones: Who are you?

Caine Wise: “Im here to help you.”

Jupiter Ascending a film co-produced by Grant Hill, who acted as executive producer on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and as producer on V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Ninja Assassin and Cloud Atlas, making Jupiter Ascending his seventh collaboration with the Wachowskis. 

The story tells of the main character , Jupiter Jones ( Mila Kunis), an undocumented Russian immigrant who lives in Chicago with her mother and other immigrants. Caine Wise (Channing Tatum) is sent to abduct her from Earth, but instead ends up escorting her though the perilous journey to become the new Queen of the Earth. Almost immediately, an uncanny romance begins to flourish between them. Together, they traverse the universe the Wachowski’s create, and fight for their lives, as well as everyone on Earth, against the most powerful royal family in the universe. 

The movie begins with excellent narration and mostly un-believable characters; I was intrigued to see how the plot would unfold to become the space spectacle I expected from the Wachowski’s. Even as the ending credits have finished strolling, I’m still sitting here, waiting on the space spectacle I expected.

Jupiter Jones, an average human  flung rather abruptly, into an inter-galactic sibling rivalry. The actors play their roles rather cheese-ily, as the lines delivered seem to justify the PG rating the movie has. A damsel in need of her knight in shining armor, Channing Tatum plays Caine Wise, a scientifically engineered soldier; half canine, half human. As could be predicted, a romance blooms between them, a romance that seems so pre-written that you could almost predict the cheesy lines. The romance isn’t the only things that appears false. The universe created by the Wachowski siblings is polluted with humans in costumes, not aliens. It was a far cry from the believable extra terrestrials that were displayed in other creations like Star Wars. NO CGI appeared to be utilized in making the aliens look real, as the “aliens” costumes were as laughable as the way the movie’s plot. However, the scenery and background seemed real enough, splendid even, and I enjoyed the vast expanse of scenery they showed from time to time. Unbelievable characters round out the far-fetched universe of the Wachoski siblings. The only main characters that seemed to take more than a week to get into character are the antagonists, Titus Abrasax ( Douglas Booth), Klique Abrasax (Tuene ) , and Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne). They all play their characters superbly as their performance, besides the action, were the only thing keeping me tuned into the movie. They single-handedly progress the plot in such a way that it almost made it look like the Wachowski siblings put actual thought into the movie.

The movie has a few high points, as Channig Tatum shows off what he is known for; kick-ass, eye-catching action scenes. Here, the CGI is used to the full extent of the budget, as space explosions never looked so good. Furthermore, the movie was so all over the place that I couldn't predict what twist could come next, and while it got rather annoying, it kept me tuned into the movie until the end. Overall, both Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum should put this unrealistic, undeveloped, although eye-catching at times, collection of scenes (not movie) behind them. These two couldn't save this critic from shooting their space ship from out of the sky, as I give it a disappointing 2 stars out of 5.