Village Jam Factory, 19/02 6:45pm
Running time: 127m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Violence and science fiction themes)
Release date: 19/02/15
Cost: $10 (Village vouchers)
Rating: 2/10 (ME 1/5, DP 1/5)
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) spends her days cleaning houses and scrubbing toilets, unaware that she is the reincarnation of the matriarch of the Abrasax dynasty and that three duelling siblings (Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton and Douglas Booth) are hunting her down to maintain their wealth, power and immortality. Enter Caine (Channing Tatum) and Stinger Apini (Sean Bean) who reveal Jupiter's regal status and attempt to protect her from the evil clutches of those who want to exploit her status for their own good. Jupiter Ascending is a science-fiction action film that sees our heroine thrust into bizarre world where planets are seeded to provide the ingredient for the substance that gives them immortality.
The look of the film is lush (who doesn't love a good Baroque spaceship?) and some of the costumes are wonderful (the highlight is Jupiter's drag-a-licious wedding ensemble) but this is an unsatisfying film. It was hard to keep track of who was working for which sibling and who had double-crossed who, but it probably didn't matter. The predictable plot provided few surprises and little excitement. There are some very talented actors in the cast but unfortunately the script gives them very little to work with. Surrounded by his winged crocodile minions, Eddie Redmayne's camp villain Balem half-groans-half-whispers his way through dialogue that is simply embarrassing.
Perhaps they look better in 3D (we were at a 2D screening) but many of the action scenes looked very messy. The editing was poor and it seemed there were sequences removed which added to the confusion. Ironically parts of the film were left too long for (apparently) comic effect, but this just added to the tedium.
A light science-fiction romp can often be a satisfying experience, but unfortunately this one falls way short of the mark. There are individual flaws of this film that could be forgiven, but when combined like this create a universal fail. We weren't anticipating greatness but had hoped this would be a fun film with some special effect eye-candy. Unfortunately it delivered very little. Avoid. (ME)