Hit or Miss

January 28, 2015
 

Jupiter Ascending: Hit or Miss?

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Plot: “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.”

 

The Wachowski’s made their name with The Matrix back in 1999 and have yet to do something since that matches it in terms of sheer innovation which captures the audience’s imagination. I actually enjoyed Cloud Atlas but it wasn’t very commercial and very quickly disappeared without a trace.

The Wachowski’s new film Jupiter Ascending hits theatres next week after being pulled from the Summer schedule last year; that’s never a good sign and dumping the movie in February just shows a complete lack of faith in the project from the studio.

The movie had a screening last night at Sundance and according to Variety, it was met with complete silence at the end; “I hated it,” said one of the festival’s volunteers, who asked not to be identified for fear of irking Sundance. “It’s just ridiculous.”

I have to admit that when I first saw Channing Tatum with pointy ears I just burst out laughing and it all looks very silly. However, after seeing more footage from it recently I think I will check it out as some of the visuals look pretty stunning and it’s something that’s actually new and not an adaptation or comic book, which is worth celebrating.

I’m seeing TV spots every two minutes this week and the hype machine has really kicked into gear, but will it be enough to save this film that seems destined to fail?

The two main selling points will be Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis (they’re so hot right now) who will certainly help bring in the younger crowd. We also have Oscar nominated Eddie Redmayne as the villain Balem who wants to harvest the Earth.

They are trying to sell the movie as The Matrix meets Star Wars, which I find hard to believe but the visuals are pretty and I love an epic sci-fi story.

The fact that critics haven’t been able to see the film yet doesn’t bode well but what really matters is will the audience come to see it?

It looks like there is plenty of action with elements of romance thrown in, so there might be something for everyone.

Warner Bros. has spent $175 million dollars on Jupiter Ascending and I am pretty sure that there is no way this movie will make that kind of money, at least not domestically. I think it will be a miss which is a shame as it looks like a lot of work went into creating the spectacular visuals and something a little different. The box office will be $20-30 million domestically, I think.

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



 
 

 
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