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Sci-Fi Jupiter Ascending

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Jetshroom, Mar 26, 2014.

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  2. Guardians of the Galaxy

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  3. Groundhog Day (Starring Tom Cruise)

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  1. Jetshroom

    Jetshroom Rocket Ranger

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    A new trailer for Jupiter Ascending is out:



    I'm quite excited by the Epic Space Opera stuff that's coming out this year. Between this and Guardians of the Galaxy, we look to be having a pretty good year.
    I'm not thrilled by the casting of the two main characters here, I don't like Channing Tatum and I find Mila Kunis annoying to watch, but for the first time, I don't find myself being turned off the movie by these two.
     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    I had to chuckle at the 3rd option in the poll. :D

    Between them I had to go with Guardians as these days an action based popcorn movie would be my preference over a sci-fi love story.
     
  3. Jetshroom

    Jetshroom Rocket Ranger

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    I couldn't remember the name of the movie. Also, couldn't be bothered looking it up.
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Jupiter Ascending was supposed to be opening up in just a few weeks, July 18, but now it has been pushed all the way out to February of 2015! :eek: Supposedly the Wachowskis' still have a lot of CGI work to do yet and weren't going to be ready.
     
  5. Jetshroom

    Jetshroom Rocket Ranger

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    I think it has more to do with the competition. At the moment, JA would be competing with X-men, Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla, Sin City and Guardians of the Galaxy. In 7 months, it'll be competing against all of NOTHING!

    I suspect they're trying to have a 'stand out' movie in a season of films that people don't really care about while they wait for the next batch of Marvel films. They may also by trying to game the international box office and score an overseas 'summer blockbuster' because non-earth Sci-fi tends to do better in international markets. (Not that studios really care about that.)

    I'm not sure I buy the "more special effects work" excuse. The timing's too convenient.
     
  6. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    IMdb:

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1617661/?ref_=cs_ov_tt

    Jupiter Jones 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, 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.

    Official Site
    http://www.jupiterascending.com/

    Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/JupiterAscending

    IMDB Trivia
    The crew created a rig of six cameras, called the Panocam, which was mounted on a helicopter and covered nearly 180 degrees of the action. During post production, the directors could combine the overlapped filmed footage, essentially creating a camera that could swing around the action independently of the helicopter's actual flying path.

    Natalie Portman was originally cast as Jupiter Jones, but dropped out. Rooney Mara was considered to replace her, before Mila Kunis was finally cast.

    Channing Tatum had to wear a mouthpiece to change the shape of his lower jaw, which prevented him from closing his mouth and gave him trouble when he had to talk.

    Douglas Booth describes Titus Abrasax as "a bit of a playboy" mentioning his spaceship, as described in the script, is a cross between a Gothic cathedral and the Playboy Mansion.

    Wiki Page
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_Ascending

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    I'm not looking forward to this movie but I will probaby watch it.​
     
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  7. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    I had almost forgotten about this one until the recent round of renewed marketing.

    The newer trailers however seem to be presenting a different tone than the original ones that were more centered around the relationship between Kunis & Tatum.

     
  8. astonwest

    astonwest Writing Fool Writer

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    Debating whether to go see this one in the first-run theatre or not...
     
  9. AlienView

    AlienView StarGate Explorer

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    If you like an action- adventure-superhero-romance and adult fairytale all mixed in one with spectacular special effects then try it - you'll like it !

    "A stunning visual feast with a captivating story"
     
  10. Tom

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    I thought it was entertaining. A bit predictable in places but I liked the creatures and the technology.
    I'm certainly going to watch it a few more times.
     
  11. Anthony G Williams

    Anthony G Williams Greybeard Writer

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    Film: Jupiter Ascending (2015)

    This film was produced, directed and written by the Wachowskis, best known for the Matrixtrilogy – which suggests that, while probably flawed, it should offer something different from the usual space opera. The basic plot of an ordinary girl who is elevated from poverty to nobility is hardly original, being just a variation on the traditional Cinderella fairy story, but as always it is how the plot is handled that really matters. There are spoilers in the following review so if you don't want to read them, just note that the flaws are indeed there – and considerable – but the film does have a few mitigating aspects which prevent it from being a complete disaster.

    The story begins with Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a member of an immigrant family from Russia, working unhappily as a domestic cleaner in present-day Chicago. She is completely unaware that she has come to the attention of the House of Abrasax, the ruling aristocracy of a galactic empire which regards the Earth as their possession, because she is genetically identical to the late matriarch of the House and is by their rules entitled to inherit her position. This does not please the heir of the House, Balem (Eddie Redmayne) who orders her death, but his brother Titus (Douglas Booth) has other plans and sends in Caine (Channing Tatum), a former soldier and a human/wolf hybrid or "splice", to rescue her. Cue a running battle that goes on and on and on interminably, with lots and lots of explosions (I read afterwards that the producers are proud that this scene lasted eight minutes – which is six or seven minutes too long for my taste).

    This sets the pattern for much of the rest of the film: the occasional quiet interlude to provide brief periods of recovery between the overlong chase n' fight scenes, of which there are too many to remember. Worse, I found these action scenes mostly uninvolving and was distracted by the obtrusive background music sawing frantically away the whole time. Fortunately the climactic action scene, in a vast, collapsing refinery in Jupiter's Red Spot, was the best, and the only one to get me anywhere near the edge of my seat.

    Any redeeming features of this film must therefore lie in the quieter interludes, and these are a mixed bag. Undoubtedly the outstanding one is a bizarre comedy sequence in which the heroine has to work her way through layer after layer of bureaucracy in order to claim her position in the House of Abrasax. That seemed to belong to an entirely different film, something like Alice in Wonderland perhaps. There are other rather surreal moments, such as the performance by Tuppence Middleton as Kalique, the third member of the dynastic rulers, chatting brightly to the heroine rather than making the usual potenteous speeches about destiny.

    The plot holes are many and varied, and the not insignificant acting talent deployed in this film is largely wasted, with most of the characters struggling to develop more than one dimension and Eddie Redmayne's curious portrayal of Balem, while admittedly different from the usual super-villain, failing to convince me. At least the ending is a bit unconventional and rounds off the film reasonably well. While the drama is complete there is clearly room for sequels, although given that the film took something of a critical pasting and only just managed to cover its costs it is questionable whether these will ever appear.

    Is it worth watching? Probably not; I frequently wondered why I was bothering. I would have liked to see those action scenes chopped drastically and replaced by opportunities to give the characters at least two dimensions and, especially, more of that quirky humour.


    (This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)
     

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