The official blurb says Jupiter Ascending is a movie about a girl who discovers she’s the heiress of an intergalactic noble family and she has to fight to protect the inhabitants of the Earth from an ancient and destructive industry. The industry is some sort of “harvesting” of human cells for the production of a youth elixir that keeps aliens alive and young for hundreds (sometimes thousands) of years.
The heroine, Jupiter Jones (actress Mila Kunis), works as a cleaner together with her mother and aunt, and is unaware of her alien royal status until some weird creatures turn up to kidnap her and she’s saved by the hero, Caine Wise (Channing Tatum). He’s a warrior working for a guy who claims to want to rescue Jupiter (although that turns out to be a lie). The worst villain, however, is Balem who is brilliantly played by Eddie Redmayne and is truly creepy with a voice that sends shivers down your spine.
I can’t quite make up my mind about this film – on the one hand I quite enjoyed all the action and special effects and it reminded me of Star Wars. I also liked Channing Tatum – he’s his usual good-looking self so what’s not to like? – and the romance between him and Jupiter. But where this film falls down is in the plot, which is pretty much incomprehensible at times and difficult to follow. I also didn’t like the fact that Jupiter herself is extremely gullible and not much of a kick-ass heroine. She falls for every lie the aliens tell her and the only thing that saves her is the fact that she’s fallen in love with Caine, which makes her hesitate to commit to things the aliens want her to do.
So would I recommend this film? If you like Star Wars and space operas, or you’re a Channing Tatum fan, it’s worth seeing, but probably not otherwise.
(3 and a half piranhas??)