Some would say Andy and Lana Wachowski haven’t made anything as good as the first Matrix. Eh, I’ll leave it to you readers to argue the merits of their works. Say what you will about their success, you gotta admit they’re not scared to aim high. Strange ideas and ambitious artistry, the Wachowski are, if anything, two of the most creative minds in Hollywood. They don’t do anything that’s remotely simple. It’s for this reason that I’m perpetually excited for new projects from said filmmakers, even when the trailers may be as awkward as this Jupiter Rising one.
The visuals and overall scope of this film look impressive and I’m sure there is some idealism/acute social commentary to be applauded, but basically, it looks like we have Snow White and the Huntsman… in space. I’m not overly excited about seeing this. I’m feeling it’s a little too derivative with the whole chosen one/hero’s journey trope. There’s that, and then there’s Channing Tatum as a space elf warrior that has me reeling back. What the hell is that all about? Goofy much. On the other hand, how else are they gonna get throngs of teenage girls to pay to see this? As contrived as the trailer and synopsis (below) appear, it may end up being more than the sum of its parts. Hope the story matches the visuals in terms of quality and what not.
Any ideas on how Sean Bean will die in this film? *Note: for the unaware, actor Sean Bean dies in almost every one of his roles. Check out the Sean Bean death reel.
Jupiter Ascending is set for release on July 25, 2014.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets 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.