ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

After seeing this film, it was point out to me that this was probably one of the more pure Sci-Fi films I have seen since Avatar. At first I said no, that wasn't true because I had seen the new Star Trek films, and Interstellar. Then it was explained, that this was new Sci-Fi, meaning this wasn't mainstream nerdom revision, mainstream, or something that might be able to happen with time. And I realized, wow, they were right, it had been a while. Not because I don't love Sci-Fi, I do, but it seems to me that in the last 15 years or so, there hasn't been as many Sci-Fi films coming out. This kinda makes me sad because its a wonderful film genre, and this film is a great reminder as to why that is. The story is about a young woman named Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who is daughter of immigrants from Europe and Russia, and works as a maid in Chicago. Then one day while at a fertility clinic getting ready to sell some of her eggs for money to buy a telescope, Jupiter is attack by little creatures that look like skeletons with skin stretched over their frame. Jupiter is then rescued by an alien named Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), who explains that her world is actually a creation by another alien race, that at some point caused the extinction of the earths original species (dinosaurs). It is then explained to Jupiter that due a rearrangement of a set of genes that had previously existed, she is actually royalty and is entitled to ownership of the Earth. Little does Jupiter know is that the woman who previously had her arrangement of genes had three children, whom are reluctant to let Jupiter have ownership of the Earth. Jupiter, meanwhile, has to struggle with the decision of accepting her new found responsibilities that could affect every person on Earth. The film is well done, but obviously has a few flaws one of which is how is takes so long for the whole back story to be told, it was almost half way through the film that we are finally told as to how Jupiter is royalty, despite both of her parents being from Earth. The special effects are truly amazing in this film, especially the ones which involved traveling to other planets. The effects will probably age very well, unlike the Matrix which was also done by the Wachowski siblings. The acting was pretty decent on behalf of Kunis and Tatum, but when Sean Bean (Stinger) was around he would, as usual, steal the screen regardless of who else was with him. The film is left off with an open end for sequels, but I think it would be unnecessary as this film can stand alone. Great film, go see it! See ya next week!


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