Lana and Andy Wachowski are famously responsible for one of the most iconic and ground-breaking films of the 1990s - 'The Matrix'. Their latest opus 'Jupiter Ascending' delves once more into the big-budget sci-fi action genre that they helped to reinvent.
Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones - a Chicago cleaner with a tragic past and seemingly few prospects for the future. Unbeknownst to her, Jupiter has intergalactic royal blood flowing through her veins, and is in fact Queen of an ancient civilisation. After a scary encounter with some extra-terrestrials, she meets Caine (Channing Tatum): a genetically-engineered human / wolf hunter. Armed with anti-gravity boots, a cool looking shield and Spock ears, he joins her on an epic adventure in space.
Jupiter Ascending features one of the most punch-worthy villains in recent memory. With incredibly bad intentions, Balem (Eddie Redmayne) also has a comedic voice to rival Bane's and serious mother issues. He even has a flying reptilian minion for back-up.
Some of the exposition-heavy dialogue may cause unintentional laughs in places, even if its heart is in the right place. One particular highlight occurs when Stinger (Sean Bean) reassures with a straight face that "bees don't lie". Well that's a relief. The plot too is completely bonkers at times, but all the more entertaining for it. There's even a space pilot with a baby elephant face for some reason.
With incredibly lavish environments and highly detailed spaceships that rival the best from Star Wars, costumes and makeup on par with The Hunger Games, and action that will melt your eyeballs, Jupiter Ascending truly is a feast for the eyes. In fact, we highly recommend that you experience the film in IMAX 3D to truly appreciate it. Mila Kunis is fantastically cast too and mesmerising throughout as the strong, dare we say it - Ripley-esque lead.
'Jupiter Ascending' is a highly-ambitious slice of sci-fi fun. Though with its flamboyantly chaotic, almost theatrical nature, it may well divide audiences. Definitely more eye candy than brain candy, the Wachowskis may well have crafted their next cult classic.
Review by: Sarah O'Connell
Review Date: 4th February 2015
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