As we move further into 2015’s cinema offerings, The Wachowski Brothers have delivered their latest creation; Jupiter Ascending. Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne, the film revolves around a young woman, after being tracked down by a hunter, realizing her true fate as the person to inherit the Earth, and those wanting to stop her.
Immediately, the story is ridiculous. The Matrix was arguably the most revolutionary sci-fi film of the past 20 years. It introduced ideas that although are fictional, were still very smart and well thought out. Along with its excellent visuals and story, The Matrix was a hit.
Jupiter Ascending is light years away from being a hit. Like the Matrix, the story is of a chosen one who seems to come out of nowhere to save the world. Except the thing is, this cliché story has not been handled as well as it should have.
Yes, the film is stunning visually. The action sequences are very well handled and save the film from a very boring two hours. But apart from these scenes, the film is empty. We aren’t given enough time at points in the film to emotionally invest ourselves in the characters; in particular Eddie Redmayne, whose overly exaggerated performance as a ‘tyrant’ has no impact whatsoever.
Another saving grace for this film is the chemistry between Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Their performance won’t earn them any Oscar nominations, but it is enough to keep us interested, accompanied with their looks of course.
The final verdict is that although this film’s story loses impact at various points, the characters are one-dimensional and the universe is overly complex, the film makes up for this with incredible action sequences that make this a fun trip to the cinema, all be it forgettable.
If you’re interested, here is the trailer: