Jupiter Ascending Review
Directed By: Lana Wachowski , Andy Wachowski
Written By: Lana Wachowski , Andy Wachowski
In Theaters: Feb 6, 2015 Limited
Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min.
Jupiter Ascending Plot Synopsis
“Jupiter Ascending” tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a Chicagoan who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Unfortunately for here those great things bump up against reality and Jupiter is now just has a job cleaning people’s house coupled with a string of very bad luck. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), 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.
What the Critics Have to Say
So what did the critics think of this sci-fi fantasy adventure from those who bought us The Matrix Triology and Cloud Atlas? Well let’s just say the Wachowski siblings have seen better days.
Scott Weinberg | The Nerdist
Full Review: JUPITER ASCENDING Is One Wild, Wacky Mess of a Movie
Despite a visual presentation that indicates a massive budget, not much attention seems to have been paid to things like line readings, cohesive storytelling, or anything in the realm of energy, suspense, or intensity. In their place we get turgid diatribes from a litany of unpleasant, uninteresting characters, several hollow chases and gun battles in which nothing of consequence happens very quickly, and a heroine who falls into holes and needs to be rescued by a hunky mutant with flying boots a whole lot more frequently than she logically ought to.
Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures
Full Review: Jupiter Ascending Movie Review
“Jupiter Ascending” is a fascinating and beautiful movie that might have a problem connecting with the average filmgoer, and that’s a shame. As much as I love the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, their unabashed success at the global box office makes it harder for less mainstream and more out-of-the-box features to get a piece of the pie.
Christopher Orr | The Atlantic
Read Full Review: Jupiter Ascending Falls Flat
There are moments of charm, or almost-charm, scattered throughout Jupiter Ascending, and with a lighter touch it might have worked as a whimsical space fantasy—a kind of third-rate Guardians of the Galaxy. But the Wachowskis lack such a touch (as they have their entire careers) and instead strive for a parable about love and class that eludes them utterly. Jupiter Ascending is too self-serious a movie to offer silly escapism, and too silly a movie to take at all seriously.
| The New Yorker
Full Review: Jupiter Ascending Is Inane From First Frame to Last
The Wachowski siblings’ sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending is inane from first frame to last — the dialogue is so clunky, I wondered if George Lucas had been brought in to do the rewrite. But it’s not much fun enumerating the movie’s infelicities. As they proved in their Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer, and Cloud Atlas, Lana and Andy do nothing halfway, and even a formula picture like this packs in so much physical detail and philosophical subtext that you feel as if you should be dazzled — that you somehow owe it to them to keep watching and hoping that the next sequence will be halfway involving.
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