The Wachowskis` Jupiter Ascending is a sci-fi space opera based on the cosmic theory that man is merely a pawn to the greater universe. From the makers of The Matrix, this film comes as a disappointment. All thanks to the loopy plot, abrupt story arcs and the random disappearance of Kalique Abrasax (Tuppence Middleton). Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is a modern day Cinderella, who eventually discovers that she is the heiress to a space kingdom under the Abrasax dynasty. Caine Wise (Channing Tatum) plays the chivalrous savior to Jones, rescuing the damsel in distress. The only scene worth watching with both in the same frame is an outlandish action sequence in mid-air.
A sizeable amount of time is spent explaining why each of the Abrasax siblings want to capture Jones, which is a drag to watch. Eddie Redmayne delivers a disappointing performance as Balem Abrasax, the oldest sibling. He has the unnerving habit of suddenly barking the last few words of any given line at top volume. The film is laden with precisely designed future worlds and wondrous cosmic couture. However, the romantic subplot sits awkwardly amidst all the action taking place. Apart from his frost golden hair, elfish ears and the goatee of a bank manager, Caine is a splice – a cross between wolf and human; a fact Jupiter remains unfazed by.
We would love to say that the Wachowskis manage to wrangle all these disparate elements into a satisfying whole, but we can’t. The biggest flaw exists in the absence of unity in the different reams of the story line. The weak plot leans heavily on special effects, subservient dinosaur sidekicks, impossible to follow dialogues and the overworked romantic angle.
Why should you watch the film?
Jupiter Ascending is worth a watch for its models of intergalactic technology, infrastructure and the fact that Sean Bean doesn’t die in this one.
By Unnati A. Ganla