Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

Rated PG-13 / 2 hr 7 min / Action - Adventure - Fantasy

What is it about?

Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones who works as a cleaning lady with her mother. Her cousin gets her to agree to sell her eggs for money so she can buy a telescope. Her father used to be an astronomer, but he died before she was born. When she goes to have her eggs harvested the doctors turn out to be aliens that want to kill her. She then finds out that she is the reincarnation of alien royalty. Once she claims her inheritance, she will then own the Earth. In her previous life she had a daughter and two sons. All of which want to use and manipulate her for power.

You will like it if...

You like pretty special effects with convoluted stories. Jupiter Ascending is one of the most beautiful movies you can see. With the exception of a few action scenes, the special effects are fantastic. There are a few action scenes that are shown zoomed in too close to tell what is going on, or there is so much on the screen that it blocks out everything else. The story is a mixed bag as this they try to have a bit of everything. There are so many parts that make no sense. For instance, they know that Jupiter Jones is royalty because bees. I'm not kidding. It's not all bad as I did enjoy the political manipulation. I thought Eddie Redmayne's performance as the antagonist Balem Abrasax was particularly interesting, but it was the only noteworthy performance. The romance between Tatum and Kunis felt painfully forced at every turn. As much as I like Mila Kunis, she looks like she is lost in this role. The character ends up being the naive damsel in distress in the pretty dress over and over, while Channing Tatum does.. Channing Tatum things. The Wachowskis spent too much time making Jupiter Ascending beautiful down to the pixel, but not enough time on the script to make anyone care about what is going on.

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