What if the people who died didn’t just die but were actually harvested by some powerful forces living in an alternative universe? What if the earth was just a farm for another superior race where human life is considered an economic resource like minerals or water or trees? Watching Jupiter Ascending makes these outlandish thoughts seem possible.
This latest offering from writing/directing team the Wachowskis (Cloud Atlas) tackles capitalism, bureaucracy red tape among other themes. From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks.
Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along-her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Upon learning of Jupiter’s existence, her remaining extra-terrestrial siblings (Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Douglas Booth) want her either dead or alive for their own self-serving purposes. Bounty hunters are dispatched, but so is intergalactic warrior Caine Wise (Channing Tatum)—part wolfman, part hunky homo- sapien—whose goal is to return the 14,000-year-old heiress to her home planet to claim her royal destiny and rule over her cosmic properties.
It is a magnificent movie experience that everyone should have before they die. The filmmakers outdid themselves with the set and created majestic worlds beautifully rendered by the amazing visual effects.