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Jupiter Ascending

 (3,667)
5.32 h 7 min2015X-Ray12
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies, Jupiter Jones embarks on an adventure as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Directors
Lilly WachowskiLana Wachowski
Starring
Channing TatumMila KunisSean Bean
Genres
Science FictionAdventureAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Eddie RedmayneDouglas Booth
Producers
Grant HillLilly WachowskiLana Wachowski
Studio
WARNER BROS.
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentviolence
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4.2 out of 5 stars

3667 global ratings

  1. 60% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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WinterpantsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Jupiter Ascending and Uranus descending.
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From the Wachowskis...they directed the Matrix trilogy, which suffered from increasingly self indulgent gobbledygook until nobody could actually figure out what the heck was going on anymore. This film suffers the same plot salad, and what's going on after the first few seconds is anybody's guess. Something about the daughter of a Russian and an American being an interstellar queen but also an heir apparent to the Earth but also a New Yorker...and then there's some aliens who are human who send aliens who aren't human to bump her off so they can harvest the Earth which they populated with us humans a million years ago (accidentally killing dinosaurs) but can't because they own it and don't own it and bee-charmer Mila Kunis owns it but they make her get a tax code (seriously) and she's the bad guy's enemy and his mother at the same time, but she's not really and Channing is a Wolverine, half albino marine with hover shoes with a best friend who's his enemy but helps him but doesn't...and....aarghh... and that's only half of the plot : l
Otherwise, the CGI visuals are like looking into a kaleidoscope on an LSD trip. Imagine Transformers and triple it. One dimensional characters include Channing Tatum as Good-Guy-Who's-Rilly-Rilly-Tough, Mila Kunis as Hot-N-Feisty-Heroine, and some other guy as Space-Baddy-With-Oedipus-Complex-and-Laryngitis. Slick, messy and mediocre.
8 people found this helpful
PhilosopherNineReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
For readers of Iain M. banks; not a Sunday Afternoon movie
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This is a science fiction movie, even a space opera, which requires you to FULLY COMMIT. This means 12 midnight, a glass of something good.. I'm sure you know what I mean. If you do, make sure you relax as much as possible, and you will have a fantastic ride. The Wachowskis throw ideas at you like a jet engine, and the plot goes from zero to 100mph with absolutely no warning. This is the closest realisation I have seen to the size and scope of Banks' level space opera like 'The Algebraist,' or his Culture novels. Hidden within is a ruthless and well though-out conceit, wrapped in space battles, incredible vistas and gene-spliced mercenaries. Pure sci-fi goodness, to be enjoyed in just the right way.
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
An attractive mess
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Great special effects, and an interesting concept.

Unfortunately, that is about all there is that's positive. Scene by scene the script is average, but I experienced the story without much idea about what was going on. Also I got to the point where I was no longer concerned for the safety of the main protagonists - whether they are ejected into space or fall from a burning skyscraper, I knew they will always be OK. Perhaps that is because I saw them repeatedly survive danger throughout the film, or because the shots were set up at the optimal angles to show the protagonists being saved.

The acting is average. Eddie Redmayne probably gives the strongest performance, but it is a pity he went full Christian Bale with the voice. I was least impressed with the main scene that Eddie Redmayne and Mila Kunis shared. It looked like Mila wasn't performing, because at any time she was expecting them to yell "Cut" and talk to Eddie about his voice. While Eddie was trying, with his voice and the contrast between the performances, it made the scene even more unconvincing. However in situations like this with people I know can act, I put the fault with the director. The actors could have done it differently, but for the directors these scenes were either considered OK, or exactly what they wanted.

It is hard to say what could have salvaged this film, but perhaps scaling down the material they were trying to cover, or splitting it up into 2 or 3 films and taking things a little slower to allow more character and world development could have helped. It looked nice, but by the end I didn't know or care what was happening.

I was split between rating this 2 or 3 stars, but really considering all the money put into special effects and the actors, it is amazing how bad it is. Maybe the worst effort to quality ratio ever since the Expendables series.
3 people found this helpful
AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
One actor stood out
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Firstly, I have to say the special effects in this film are astonishing as good as any I have seen. The make up artists and costume designers pulled out all the stops as well except for Jupiter's dress when she dined with Balam Abrasax. It looked like an old hand-me-down from an Flash Gordon movie and looked to over the top for someone who had only just arrive there. The links from scene to scene were a real weakness throughout the film and the plot a bit threadbare in places. However, the actors were competent overall but Kunis and Tatum were a bad choice as the love interest, they had zero chemistry and to be honest I think Jason Momoa would have been a better choice - he's much better at emoting than Tatum. What I hated as well was the fact that having just arrived at her new kingdom it took her a long old time to mention that she was missing her family and she fitted into her new reality much to easily for me. Ok that's a lot of criticism for a four star rating you might be thinking. Well I rated it so highly because of the absolutely mesmerising performance from Eddie Redmayne as Balam Abrasax. He actually lived his character - the subtle little changes in pitch and expression were just extraordinary and when he was performing with other cast members they immediately lifted there game. He's got to be Shakespearean trained and if he performed as Hamlet that it would be right up their with Brannagh and Olivier. Of to find some more films with Redmayne in it - awesome. Watch this for special effects but other than Redmayne's performance don't expect to much else otherwise.
MichelleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Special effects good, plot dreadful
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Watched because on PRIME. Good special effects, but plot was dreadful. Unfortunately it was all very predictable, no surprises, and character development was limp. Poor Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, never gets to kick ass, all the fighting is done by the guys. Her lines are abysmal, her character keeps whining about 'wanting to go home'. Behaviour not exactly 'royalty', which her character is meant to be, more like an inexperienced tourist. Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne in supporting roles, probably had fun, but won't be calling this a highlight in their career. End of day, goes to show, without a good plot, you can't deliver a credible product - not even with star actors and really fun special effects and a ginormous budget. Definitely not in the same league as the original Matrix.
J. FranksReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very weak
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What's good? - the standard of effects and a few good actors sprinkled throughout doing their best with poor material (not the two leads sadly). That's about it. The plot is comic-book: Intro; Jupiter needs rescuing, bang bang, rescued; needs rescuing, bang bang, rescued; keep repeating that a few times; then, World Saved (result of a bang bang boom rescue) - and oddly, go back to cleaning toilets ... sorry, that was a spoiler, I guess.
The action sequences are spectacular, but since you never for a moment think that the goodies are going to be in real trouble, the endless SFX explosions and superman-zooming around is just a bit boring. Biggest problem? The two lead characters are completely uninteresting and close to cardboard. Oh dear ...
Andy HReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
The sets and costumes are fantastic... Sadly that is about it.
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I did not expect much for this from the trailer but it was a free watch on Prime Video. The sets and costumes are fantastic... Sadly that is about it for good points. Acting is borderline at best, the plot and script are truly terrible.

Some of the ideas in the universe building are interesting but ultimately it is fairly obvious that the universe is built around the story (as opposed to the story being set in the universe) and as such a lot of things make very little sense on a grand scale.
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StraightPointReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, with an anti-elite plot and flawless special effects
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This is a great SciFi movie. It has a good plot and flawless special effects. But the plot is a bit true to life in the way it displays the elite as a giant parasite - so don't expect to see anything but negative reviews from the MSM. However, as soon as it got on streaming video services the real reviews, those from a mass audience, became 5 star.
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