Jupiter Ascending

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Jupiter Ascending
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The Wachowskis deserve better than this...
Genre: Space Opera
Directed By: The Wachowskis
Produced By: Grant Hill
The Wachowskis
Written By: The Wachowskis
Starring: Channing Tatum
Mila Kunis
Sean Bean
Eddie Redmayne
Douglas Booth
Photography: Color
Cinematography: John Toll
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Roadshow Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Release Date: January 27, 2015 (Sundance Film Festival
February 6, 2015 (United States)
February 19, 2015 (Australia)
Runtime: 127 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $176–200 million
Box Office: $183.9 million
"Aggressively dull and terribly paced."
Chris Stuckmann

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 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 Pretty Much Descended Instead

  1. Hilariously bad acting, which ranges from being emotionless (Kunis) to being overly hammy melodramatic (Redmayne).
  2. Has way too much exposition which only serves to bore the audience to death.
  3. A ridiculous and downright cliché story that is equivalent to bad fanfiction (bees being an indication of royalty, for instance), and outright steals scenes from other media, mainly other movies and anime. While this may be coincidental, one Tumblr user noted numerous similarities of the movie’s premise and characters with Rumiko Takahashi’s manga/anime series, Inuyasha.
  4. Almost half of the entire cast boils down to being "DeviantArt OCs". Caine is basically a lone-fallen angel-werewolf.
  5. Despite being the heroine of the story, Jupiter does barely anything for most of the story other than being saved by the main character, Caine every so often.
  6. It does a poor job in handling serious topics that it presented, such as exploitative capitalism.
  7. Ridiculous set design and costumes, especially for the main characters, Caine and Jupiter.
  8. Overuse of CGI in almost every scene, especially for the backgrounds and buildings.
  9. It tries to be too serious but fails due to its switching tone.
  10. Balem yells his infamous "GO" at his servant for no reason.
  11. Questionable characterizations.
  12. The pacing is terrible.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It is at least trying to be original, with its story and world.
  2. The nude bath scene with Tuppence Middleton is really good and really sexy.
  3. The visual effects are pretty good, despite its over-reliance and overuse of CGI.
  4. Its musical score composed by Michael Giacchino is really good.
  5. The world-building is at least pretty impressive and good, including The Great Migration.
  6. There is an interesting post-credits scene.
  7. Good cinematography, like the rest of The Wachowski's movies.
  8. Decent direction of The Wachowskis, who created The Matrix series. In fact, Lana Wachowski would direct the fourth, since it was planned to release on December 22, 2021.



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 a 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.

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