Humans Are Not of This World in New Trailer for Jupiter Ascending
"We've been told that Earth is the birthplace of the human race, but it's not."
[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
February orphan Jupiter Ascending has a new trailer, and it manages to be both intriguing and discouraging at the same time. While the special effects look great, unsurprising from the creative team behind The Matrix, the plot may very well be a mess. In a three-minute trailer, it at turns seems like a straightforward reluctant hero story, a sci-fi love story, an alien invasion actioner, and/or a Prometheus-like rumination on our origins. With immortality and some genetic version of reincarnation thrown in, for good measure. There's so much going on, it's difficult to imagine that they've streamlined the complicated plot into a thematically coherent narrative.
That being said, the film has several advantages. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, and Eddie Redmayne are all great actors who have turned in performances that critics have deemed Oscar-worthy (in Black Swan, Foxcatcher, and Theory of Everything, respectively). The Wachowskis are no strangers to high-concept sci-fi, and the premise is interesting at the very least. It follows an Earthling named Jupiter Jones (Kunis) who discovers that her genetic signature makes her the natural heir to ruler of the world. Channing Tatum plays a bounty hunter who is sent to protect her at all costs from an alien named Balem (Redmayne), a member of the alien race that "seeded" humans onto Earth in order to later harvest us for an eternal youth serum.
Jupiter Ascending has had a slightly bizarre production saga; it was originally scheduled to be released on July 25, but then moved up to July 18, only to be pushed back all the way to February of next year only weeks away from its scheduled release date. The move was ostensibly to allow the production team more time to hone the special effects and create a marketing plan, but rumors abounded that the powers that be didn't have faith in it as a contender for either summer blockbuster season or Oscar season, and so banished it to the no-man's-land of the January/February months.