Jupiter Ascending

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –

121077_gal350“Jupiter Ascending” is a sci-fi saga that tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), an undocumented alien, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Her dreams take her to the stars and beyond, but she wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered wolf-infused ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down, does Jupiter learn she’s space (genetically reincarnated) royalty, who actually owns the Earth.

Tatum and Kunis’ characters are thin and one-dimensional. They also lack the spark that is needed to be star-crossed lovers.

Eddie Redmayne is wickedly entertaining as Balem Abrasax (the main antagonist), who is intent on harvesting planets, and Sean Bean as a gruff banished alien (spliced with a bee) with serious issues against Caine.

The film’s storytelling is hard to follow and, most likely, you will get lost in all the rapid plots and twists. The visuals are great, so if you are going to see it, see it in IMAX.

I would not waste money seeing it in 3D.

PG-13: For some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity

Run Time: 2 hr. 5 min.

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