Jupiter Ascending is a 2015 American-Australian epic space opera film written and directed by the Wachowskis. Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Douglas Booth, the film is centered on Jupiter Jones (Kunis), an ordinary cleaning woman, and Caine Wise (Tatum), an interplanetary warrior who informs Jones that her destiny extends beyond Earth. Supporting cast member Douglas Booth has described the film's fictional universe as a cross between The Matrix and Star Wars, while Kunis identified indulgence and consumerism as its underlying themes. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015 and was released on February 6, 2015 in the United States and February 19, 2015 in the Australia.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under signs that predicted future greatness, but her reality as a woman consists of cleaning other people's houses and endless bad breaks. Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter, arrives on Earth to locate her, making Jupiter finally aware of the great destiny that awaits her: Jupiter's genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Why It Sucks
- Hilariously bad acting, which range from being emotionless (Kunis) to being overly hammy (Redmayne).
- Has way too much exposition which only serves to bore the audience to death.
- A ridiculous and downright cliché story that is equivalent to a bad fanfiction (bees being an indication of royalty, for instance), and outright steals scenes from other media, mainly other movies and anime. While this maybe coincidental, one Tumblr user noted numerous similarities of the movie’s premise and characters with Rumiko Takahashi’s manga/anime series, Inuyasha.
- Almost half the entire cast boil down to being "DeviantArt OCs". Caine is basically a lone-fallen angel-werewolf.
- Despite being the heroine of the story, Jupiter does barely anything for most the story other than being saved by Caine every so often.
- It does a poor job in handling serious topics that it presented, such as exploitative capitalism.
- Ridiculous set design and costumes, especially for the main characters.
- Overuse of CGI in almost every scene, especially for the backgrounds and buildings.
- It tries to be too serious, but fails due to its switching tone.
- Balem yells his infamous "GO" at his servant for no reason.
- It is at least trying to be original, with its story and world.
- The visual effects are pretty good, despite the overuse of CGI.
- Its musical score composed by Michael Giacchino is really good.
- The world building is at least pretty impressive and good.
Jupiter Ascending received generally negative reception upon release, with most criticism focused on incoherence in the screenplay, Redmayne’s melodramatic performance, the characterization and an over-reliance on special effects. Some critics praised the visuals, originality, world-building and Giacchino's musical score. However, the film received positive response from a niche of female science fiction fans who appreciated the film's campiness and deviation from typical female action film stereotypes. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 27%, based on 266 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Pleasing to the eye but narratively befuddled, Jupiter Ascending delivers another visually thrilling misfire from the Wachowskis.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 40 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave Jupiter Ascending an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale.