Jupiter Ascending Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Jupiter Ascending
The Premise
Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, 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.
The Review
You don’t often come across a perfect film. After all there are so many elements that need to align to make a film complete. For most films some things come together while others fall by the wayside. In my humble opinion (and my opinion is worth nothing more than yours) one film that covered all the bases is The Matrix. This was a film with a compelling and fresh story and great action. Plus it launched a new type of filming that became known as bullet time. A slow-motion panning technique that has gone on to be a staple in action films. So of course you are going to have a certain level of anticipation when the creators of The Matrix bring another offering on the altar of sci-fi. Here with Jupiter Ascending we have The Wachowskis attempting to bring something new to the world of space. I have to say that this is one hell of a great looking film. The effects and visual set pieces are brilliant in making this a spectacular display to watch. Whether it's flying around earth's cities or in deep space this film looks the business. So you could put a positive in that column in the rating of this film.

Of course you need a good story with a nice pacing to link the action and effects. While the story has a similar feel to The Matrix it hasn't really been paced well to pull it together. This is a story where the world we see is not really as it would seem and there is one hiding within it who does not know that they are really at the centre of it all and the hope for all. Sound familiar?

It is predictable and at times too heavy in story and when it gets to some points when it could do with a little more dialogue they don't provide it. As I said earlier it is a beautiful film that doesn't bring all of the cinematic planets into alignment.

I am not convinced that Tatum has the goods to pull off a Sci-fi role with the skill that he has shown in pulling his pants off. While Kunis does do a great job in the leading lady role. Of course you do get the feeling that the film would be better if Tatum wasn't always saving her. Then of course there is Redmayne as the bad guy. Oh what a crazy backwards step for him after such an outstanding performance in The Theory Of Everything. Such a talk quietly and yell every now and then kind of role.
The Verdict

A visually stunning cinematic display without a solid storyline or flow but still a fun joyride on the big screen.
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 19th February 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 127 minutes
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum & Eddie Redmayne
Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer)
The Extras
The crew created a rig of six cameras, called the Panocam, which was mounted on a helicopter and covered nearly 180 degrees of the action. During post production, the directors could combine the overlapped filmed footage, essentially creating a camera that could swing around the action independently of the helicopter's actual flying path.
On the date for the wide release of this movie, February 6th, 2015, Jupiter will be at its opposition. Meaning, it will be at its closest point to Earth, as well as have its face fully illuminated by the Sun.
According to the directors, the script was over 600 pages long.
The chase sequence in Chicago was codenamed "Fifty-Two Part" by the film's crew. It was the longest sequence in the script and involving some of the film's most difficult stunts. To complete it, Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum had to film every day for six months.
Channing Tatum apparently kept all of his prosthetic ears from the film.
Douglas Booth describes Titus Abrasax as "a bit of a playboy" mentioning his spaceship, as described in the script, is a cross between a Gothic cathedral and the Playboy Mansion.
Channing Tatum had to wear a mouthpiece to change the shape of his lower jaw to realistically portray a part-canine character. This unfortunately prevented him from closing his mouth and gave him trouble when he had to talk.
Filming was completed in 2013, but the film sat unreleased until early 2015.