Saturday, February 28, 2015

Movie review - Jupiter Ascending (PG-13) - Review by Daniel Kilgallon

Run Time: 127 min

Jupiter Ascending is a new action/adventure fantasy film written, produced and directed by the famous Wachowski brothers (The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta). The movie features a solid cast starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne. With the Wachowksi’s at the helm, I knew that I would be in for a visually impressive experience that would most likely feature some quality action. 

However, one of the main reasons why I wanted to see this movie was because of Warner Bros. rumored premier of the teaser trailer for the upcoming 2016 film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

Unfortunately, that was a letdown and it seems as if we will have to wait just a little longer for that to come along. Putting that aside, Jupiter Ascending was actually pretty entertaining for a big budget action movie released in February.

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is a young maid living in Chicago, who repeatedly tells the audience how she is not particularly happy with her life. However, from birth, it was predicted that Jupiter was destined for great things. Little does she know that her genetics entitle her to an unbelievable power that could alter the balance of the universe as well as the fate of our planet. One day, Jupiter is met by a genetically engineered interplanetary warrior named Caine (Tatum) who tells her about all about her true destiny. In order to confront her own fate, Jupiter travels with Caine so they can end the current tyrannical reign of a powerful alien dynasty.

Although the story was somewhat hard to follow and even a little boring in parts, overall I had a pretty good time with this movie. As with all of the Wachowski’s work, the visual effects were very impressive and simply put, the movie just looked very good. The action scenes were very exciting too, but I just wish that there were a few more of them. Even though the movie’s cast is fairly impressive, the acting performances they delivered were nothing special. However, I did really like Channing Tatum’s character Caine and his antigravity flying boots were perhaps the coolest feature of this movie. The Wachowski’s may never live up to the legendary status of their original Matrix movie, but I must say that Jupiter Ascending is much better than some of their more recent work and exceptionally entertaining for a February blockbuster.

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