Jupiter Ascending

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Intergalactic journeys, space battles and strange aliens are what you will find in Andy and Lana Wachowski’s new sci- fi action film, Jupiter Ascending. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is perfectly happy cleaning houses (If it’s possible to be happy cleaning toilets.) and is working when alien bounty hunters attack her. Jupiter is rescued by a half-man half-wolf alien in rocket boots named Caine (Channing Tatum) who takes her to the planet Gilliam Homoge to protect her. It seems the galaxy is owned by several families and the most powerful is the family of Odrasax. Three siblings are the most influential with Dolem (Eddie Redmyne) currently in charge. When they find out Jupiter is the genetic reincarnation of their mother they want to kill her and keep her from taking over the family. (If you’re confused, imagine being blind and trying to figure this out.) This is basically the plot and if you can see the characters they are genetically engineered humans spliced with bees, lizards, elephants and so on. I loved the unique universe the Wachowski’s came up with, but the script itself is just too ambitious. First, there is too much information and a universe that is just too big to be explained in two hours. Next, there is no time for character development because the plot involves too much useless information. I know this sounds like a bad movie, but it’s not really awful especially if you are a science fiction fan or well, um, a twelve year old boy. To be fair this film was supposed to open in the summer of 2014 but the studio thought it couldn’t compete with the big summer blockbusters so it was sent to the winter dumping grounds for movie releases. I really do hope they make a sequel to give this really creative universe a chance to prove its true potential. I’m giving this Intergalactic power struggle of a film a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.