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Jupiter Ascending: Cosmic chaos

A scene from the movie  

A summer movie that has come at a time when Oscar nominated fare is making the headlines; Jupiter Ascending clicks the right buttons to generate juvenile decadence on screen. Known for laying down the Matrix for future fantasies, this time the Wachowskis have put a touch of Disney romance in the cold blooded heart of a sci-fi behemoth. The political undertones are far too familiar for those who have grown up on the diet of alien adventures but for the target audience the possibility of the rise of a Russian émigré Jupiter Jones from a house cleaner to the queen of the universe could be an evocative journey. And when Mila Kunis plays Jupiter it lends a lush texture to the dry planets.

She is wanted in the outer space to settle a property row and it comes down to Caine (Channing Tatum), the hunk to show off his heroics and lifts Kunis in those muscular arms and fly off. Of course, the cupid also strikes along the way. Kunis seems to believe that she is in yet another romantic comedy.

Indeed it leads to chaos and an opportunity for Wachowskis to shows off their toys and tricks. It threatens to turn into a space opera but with the action choreography packing enough mayhem in two hours, it doesn’t overstay its welcome and it is a big plus these days.

Genre: Sci-Fi /Fantsay

Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne

Bottomline: Not at their best but Wachowskis manage to package dumb entertainment with a thin layer of subtext.

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