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703 Ratings

Jupiter Ascending

United States, 2015
Sci-Fi, Adventure


In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign.

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Jupiter Ascending Directed by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Winner: Movie Everyone Is Wrong About

Maybe it’s for the best that the Wachowskis’ batshit space torpedo was so widely derided that it shall spawn no more part-human, part-canine star children. But for all its absurdities, Jupiter Ascending is wildly entertaining. With its byzantine interstellar architecture and über-operatic take on literally star-crossed love, it’s closer in scope and tone to ’60s SF literature (especially Samuel R. Delaney, a Wachowski hero) than that of the dour, scientistic, NASA-certified variety so much in fashion.
January 20, 2016
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Catching up with this gaudily eccentric space opera months after its commercial cremation, I’m not remotely surprised by its failure, but I was unexpectedly beguiled by the film’s obsessive world building and a rogue streak of romanticism that I wouldn’t trade for a dozen stencil-cut Marvel movies. It’s an unarguable folly, but that needn’t be a bad thing.
June 28, 2015
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Magic Mike as a moody wolf-boy giving you Xanadu 2.0 on intergalactic roller skates? Yes! Eddie Redmayne sneering and mincing, plotting to suck up the life force of earthlings amid a dynastic struggle between his siblings or, you know, whatever? Yes! Hilarious talking dragons, swarms of enchanted bees, and crude ethnic burlesque? Yes! Yes! Yes! …The Wachowskis are living for a unique, utterly doomed brand of earnest maximalism and I am here for it.
May 05, 2015

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