Jupiter Ascending takes the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale and blows it up into a big, sci-fi space adventure about a girl named Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who dreams of a life better than the one she has. Losing her father before ever being born, Jupiter grows up spending her days scrubbing toilets in upscale Chicago suburbs, and her nights crammed into a house with her big Russian immigrant family.
The proverbial “glass slipper” arrives with unexpected horror when Jupiter is accosted by strange alien assailants looking to end her existence. Thanks to an eleventh-hour save by gene-spliced ex-space soldier, Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), Jupiter begins to learn the truth: That she is of royal lineage on a galactic scale, and that others of her bloodline (The Abrasax Family) seek to do her harm, so that they may usurp her claim to the coveted planet Earth.
With Caine as her protector, Jupiter is drawn into the Abrasax family conflict, soon finding herself positioned as the lamb that any one of the three ancient royals may slaughter.
The new film from Matrix Trilogy architects The Wachowskis, [Jupiter Ascending](movie:267863) is a baffling mix of material that is both impressively innovative, and utterly ridiculous.
On a directorial level, the Wachowskis have once again constructed an imaginative world that is realized with some masterful design and visual effects. The color palette and mis-en-scene composition are fittingly vibrant and epic for a blockbuster film of this scope, and many of the ambitious action sequences are well-executed and impressive, which helps to justify seeing the film on a theater screen.