Sunday, February 8, 2015
Jupiter Ascending Review: Another Sci-Fi Adventure and Nothing More.
The name Wachowski has been one that has circled the film industry for many years now. Since their hit film, The Matrix, the Wachowski have sporadically released blockbusters; particularly in the sci-fi genre. Unfortunately the duo filmmakers have yet to have another hit like their 1999 film as their releases do not warm up with either moviegoers or film critics. Their latest film, Jupiter Ascending, once again see the Wachowskis add another movie to the sci-fi genre. This blockbuster has already seen its share of set backs as the film was suppose to be released last July. Now with the film out in theaters, is Jupiter Ascending another hit for the Wachowskis or is this another miss for the duo?
Jupiter Ascending follows Jupiter (Mila Kunis): a young woman that is going nowhere in her life. However, though Jupiter believes she isa nobody, that is not the case as intergalactic rulers want her dead. After being saved by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), Jupiter discovers mysteries behind the human race , her role in all the galaxy and how fate of Earth rest in her hands.
The plot behind Jupiter Ascending is quite conflicting. The story behind this sci-fi film does play with interesting ideas such as the mythos that surrounds the intergalactic conflict. However, as sci-fi stories go, Jupiter Ascending's plot is pretty standard. This kind of story has been done time and time again. Some of the story's elements reflect the plot of The Matrix. It also does not help that the pacing to the film is sporadic. The first act to the movie is rushed as we jump from scene to scene with very little transition. Then the story goes from moving quickly to going at snail's pace as it drags on in the other acts. There are compelling ideas in the story, however Jupiter Ascending misses the mark due to its lack of originality; as well as its pacing.
Is Jupiter Ascending flawed? Absolutely! While the Wachowskis try their best to do something new, this sci-fi film falls flat due to its generic story and characters. Yet is Jupiter Ascending the worse sci-fi flick to hit the silver screen? I do not think so. Yes the movie has its problems, but this film does an entertainment value behind it, and factors such as its effects gives the blockbuster some distinction. Jupiter Ascending was not another hit for the sibling filmmakers. However, I can safely say that this sci-fi adventure is not among the Wachowski's worse films.