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Jupiter Ascending (2015) Review

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Movie Specs (courtesy of IMDB.com):

In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

Directors: Andy Wachowski (as The Wachowskis) , Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis)

Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Stars: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne | See full cast and crew »

Taglines: Expand your universe.

Genres: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):Rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

Runtime: 127 min

Rating: 7 out of 10

This movie was tons of fun and a visual spectacle to behold (I love space)! Jupiter Jones (a perfect name for a space heroine, played by the lovely Mila Kunis) lives a monotonous, unremarkable life and she hates it.  Everything changes when she is attacked by aliens from another world and pulled into a galaxy wide power struggle between siblings of one of the powerful ruling families of the “Verse” called the Abrasax.  She has a claim to an inheritance she never dreamed of.  She finds protection (and a little romance) in Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a powerful gene spliced warrior from the stars. Grab your gravity roller blades, it’s gonna get dicey.

The Good:

Acting in this movie was great, and I absolutely loved the visuals of the cosmos and the space ships (probably due to my high level of love for Star Wars).  I enjoyed the deep level of intrigue going on and surrounding even the friends of Jupiter.  Caine was a great fighter and had some nifty space gadgets to help him along, the two which were my favorite were the energy shield and his gravity boots.  They say he surfs using gravity in the opposite (“going down is easy, going up is hard”) but they’re basically roller blades (going down hill is easy, going up hill is hard, normal difficulty if you’re on level ground).  I want these gravity boots.

Got a lot of depth to the characters, what drives them and some of the mistakes they’ve made in life and a whole plethora of alien life (my favorite of which were the lizard aliens with wings, too cool).  The romance between Jupiter and Caine was nice, little hiding of feelings, etc., but my favorite parts were the action scenes (typical of the male human being between 1 and 91,000 years old), with all the interplanetary weapons and tech, some cool mech suits, and the full on fist fights (no lightsabers though. *sigh* Later this year, don’t worry).

The climax of the movie takes place where? Oh, of course, on Jupiter (I see what they did there).  I like the different soldier guys in this movie, the two best (and prominent) being Caine and Stinger (played by the great Sean Bean)

The Bad:

The movie felt like it was really rushed.  I really wish this could have been a book.  There is so much potential in the politics, the planets, the different species, I wanted more background.  This could have been two movies but I’m sure they didn’t want to put a lot of faith in a original screenplay in case the first one didn’t do well.  Thats ok, it was a fun movie and maybe something else will come of it.

Other Thoughts:

Real talk, why are the lizard aliens always the bad guys!? These were really cool lizard alien warriors with wings and long tails, friggin sweet, but Hollywood always portrays lizard men as evil.  Where is the heroic lizard alien? come on Hollywood, break the stereotypes! Start with giant lizard aliens!

Love the visual spectacle of space, it is beautiful and always reminds me of Psalm 19:1 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”

Anyway, fun movie, really enjoyed it, liked the action (and, yes, the romance).  Go check it out for yourselves!

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