Tuesday, February 03, 2015

'Jupiter Ascending' Review

You have to hand it to Lana and Andy Wachowski: Jupiter Ascending is a wholly original sci-fi film. It's not based on a comic book or a TV show or anything else. (Well, it's definitely inspired from older sci-fi films like Star Wars and Dune.) But in an era of play-it-safe blockbusters, Jupiter Ascending is undeniably bold.

Now, here comes the bad news: It's pretty terrible. Because the Wachowskis always have a sense of grandeur about their projects, Jupiter Ascending feels unabashedly epic, which can make for fascinating viewing. I flipped for the divisive Cloud Atlas, but I just sat there shaking my head with their new film. I reviewed Jupiter Ascending for Screen International.