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Film Review: Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending (2015). Written and directed by The Wachowskis. The story is initially told in flashback, about 20 years in the past in Saint Petersburg. Maths professor, Aleksa, spots astrophysicist Maximillian Jones stargazing with his telescope while she is leaving the university where they both work. The two start talking and ultimately fall in love, resulting in Aleksa becoming pregnant. When their home is invaded by a gang intent on robbery Maximillian is shot and killed. Aleksa travels to the USA, and gives birth to a daughter, Jupiter, on the voyage by ship. The introduction to Jupiter Ascending doesn't give a great flavour of the rest of the film, which is essentially space opera. The film it most reminded me of was John Carter, which was clearly a very expensive but ultimately empty film, for me at least. Jupiter Ascending is somewhat similar, with characters that you don't really care about and a rather dull story. Channing Tatum plays the hero of the piece, and looks faintly ridiculous with bleached hair and goatee, and pointy ears. The CG is good, but that wasn't remotely enough to save it. Those who enjoy space opera might get something from it, as long as they're not too worried about the plot. 2/5 (Poor)
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