‘Jupiter Ascending’ International Trailer: The Wachowskis Go to Space

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Andy and Lana Wachowski first burst onto the scene with the 1996 crime thriller Bound, but it was their sophomore effort – ground-breaking sci-fi action thriller The Matrix – that went on to define their careers. However, in the years since concluding The Matrix trilogy, the writing/directing duo has struggled to live up to the success of the Keanu Reeves-fronted film.

Both of their subsequent directorial efforts – 2008 live-action cartoon Speed Racer and ambitious 2012 epic Cloud Atlas (which they co-directed with Tom Tykwer) – failed to draw in large audiences, and while these two films have their share of defenders (read our Cloud Atlas review), neither has lived up to the promise (i.e. box office numbers) of their signature franchise. That being said, their latest offering – sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending – could be a step in the right direction.

We’ve already seen the first U.S. trailer for the film – which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis – and now we have our first look at the international trailer (see above). Narratively speaking, the latest footage doesn’t reveal much new information regarding the mysterious plot of the film, but questions are nothing new when it comes to the Wachowskis’ complex tales. The film’s visuals look impressive enough, and the quirky character design and juxtaposition of earthly elements with over-the-top sci-fi elements does bear some resemblance to another anticipated summer film, namely Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jupiter Ascending Channing Tatum Jupiter Ascending International Trailer: The Wachowskis Go to Space

Like Rocket Raccoon’s big-screen debut, Jupiter Ascending is certainly one of the industry’s riskiest releases this year. The film’s creators are positioning it as a “science fiction space opera” and claim that – not unlike Cloud Atlas – it meshes together several different genres. In that way, the film could follow the tradition of sci-fi epics like Star Wars and Avatar, or it could prove to be a John Carter sized financial misfire, despite the star status of Tatum (Magic Mike) and Kunis (Oz: The Great and Powerful).

At this point, it could go either way, but considering the Wachowskis’ track record, the film will likely feature breathtaking effects and at least attempt to bring something fresh to theaters. Whether or not the film actually pulls it off is perhaps the biggest question surrounding the mystery-laden world of Jupiter Ascending.

Do you think Jupiter Ascending will prove to be a solid sci-fi thrill ride or fall flat with audiences this summer? Let us know in the comments section below.


Jupiter Ascending hits theaters in both standard and 3D on July 18, 2014.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Wow…matrix was so good. This looks like crap….

  2. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy The Matrix. Watching it now, years later, I can see some flaws in the film and hardly think it’s really all it’s been touted to be.

    However, I thoroughly enjoyed Speed Racer. I don’t think it’s a masterpiece by any measure, but it served well its purpose. And it did so in a visually stunning manner.

    But then, we come to Cloud Atlas, and in my opinion it is probably the single most seriously under-rated film of the last 30 years.

    I’m very much looking forward to Jupiter Ascending. Au contraire, I don’t think it “looks like crap” in the slightest.

    • Cloud Atlas is our generation’s Blade Runner. It is not talked about much currently, but when future generations learn of the story (book or film) they will come to regard it as the truly phenomenal tale it is.

  3. This looks sooooooooooooo lame. MST3K should just team up here…

    • Is “sooooooooooooooooo lame!” better or worse than just “laaaaaaaaaaaaaame!”?

      • I’m guessing worse…

  4. Who is Lana Wachowski?

    • The one brother had a sex change operation and changed from Larry to Lana. That is why no one refers to them as Wachowski Bros anymore and instead the Wachowskis or Wachowski siblings.

      • Wah wah waaaaaah…

        I didn’t mind Cloud Atlas. It is an ambitious film.

        Aside from Channing Tatum’s really goofy makeup, this film says something interesting, but I hope it’s more developed than what the trailer leads on.

        I have no reason to think that it would be a flat simple movie really.

      • LMAO!

        • Wrong reply. Bad connection.
          Anywho, with a $200 mil budget WB execs better get down on their knees & pray this won’t flop.

  5. Does any else think this looks like The Matrix storyline except with a female lead? Take away all the sci-fi cinematography and that is all this is.

    • I think you won´t be the only one who thinks this looks like the matrix´s story-line because that´s an very plain first impression with no imagination and there are more people untalented and with a limited mind than the opposite.

    • No.

  6. Tatum looks like a blond Mirror Mirror Spock.

    I’ll watch this, but I do agree there is some Chosen One Matrix-similarity going on here – Tatum is Trinity, Kunis is Neo and Bean is Morpheus.

    • You know that the Matrix’s whole “the one” story line is ANYTHING but original, don’t you?

      It’s one of the classical mythical archetypes, going all the way back to ancient Greek writings.

      So if Jupiter Ascending shares that same story outline, well, it’s in good company.

      • grant morrison agrees
        the matrix is not original

  7. This looks pretty cool, I might go see it on release. I kinda regret waiting to see Cloud Atlas on TV because that was a great movie and just like Life Of Pi, seemed to connect with me in a sort of spiritual and philosophical way (hard to explain unless you feel it yourself).

    As for their other movies, Speed Racer was crap, The Matrix has shown its age and its sequels were a “one watch at best” type where you see something once and have no desire to ever view them ever again. Bloated and over-indulgent are the words that spring to mind regarding those sequels.

    Maybe the Wachowskis are becoming a bit like Lars Von Trier in that a majority of people fail to see their movies at the cinema but then gain a cult following after the TV viewing and home release crowd see them?

    • I rewatch the Matrix sequels regularly. They’re masterpieces whose philosophical complexity is unparalleled by other films in the genre.

    • The Matrix sequels are brilliant philosophical allegories and I rewatch them regularly, often noticing things I had missed before. For example, The Merovingian is actually based on Schopenhauer; in his library we see a copy of “Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung” For those familiar with Schopenhauer’s work, this sheds light on the the scene with the woman in the restaurant eating the Merovingian’s “special” cake.

  8. Ok Hollywood, I waited until the trailer to give me opinion. My opinion is stop waiting money making crap like this. It looks terrible. How much money will this movie lose?

  9. The Matrix was something fresh when it came out. No one had seen effect shots like that and the story was a mind bender too. If you watch it now its kinda mediocre. It was groundbreaking for its time and laid the foundation for a lot of the effects and story telling we see today. But since then the “brothers” haven’t really done anything new. We always get good visuals but the stories are mediocre and forgettable. I will have to miss this in theaters just due to the track record and way to many other films out there to spend my money on.

  10. Whilst Jupiter may be ascending, my hopes for this movie are seriously descending. It looks terrible.

  11. I really want this to be good. I’m a big Wachowskis fan and we could use a new space opera film franchise like what this is trying to be. It seems similar to the Fifth Element.

    However, these trailers have not made Jupiter Ascending look very good at all. They look cheap, don’t stoke the fires of intrigue. And that eyeliner that everyone is wearing just looks ridiculous, especially Tatum.

    Still, I will almost certainly see this in the theater. I can’t pass up the chance to see something great, which it still could be, beneath all of the promotional mediocrity.

    • ” we could use a new space opera film franchise like what this is trying to be”


      • Yes. Thanks for the reminder, Rick. We just need a new theme song for Minmei. 😛

      • Space operas are awesome when they give creators more freedom. When it comes to sci-fi space exploration, the possibilities are endless. Or, if Hollywood has its way, you can tell the same stories over and over again like Star Trek and, if the news and rumors are to be believed, Star Wars. I wish sci-fi movies were more like Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy, imaginative and willing to explore. Modern audiences need a new story to reignite the wonder of the cosmos, like Star Wars did for children in the 70s

  12. I don’t know if releasing Jupiter a few weeks before Guardians is a good idea. The public might not feel the need to watch 2 sci-fi blockbusters back to back. I myself will watch both but I’m not sure everyone will share the same enthusiasm.

  13. Wonder how many more chances Hollywood is going to give the Wachowski’s to hit with another big franchise? They are turning into M. Night Shammalammadingdong x 2.

  14. Tatum is… a Vulcan without logic.

  15. The masses should stop being harsh with these masterminds.
    Cloud Atlas for instance, was an excellent film.

  16. Where’s my Speed Racer sequel?!

  17. I wonder how Sean Bean dies in this…

  18. This is basically just snow white and the huntsman, but in spaaaaace. not impressed. i havent enjoyed anything by the wachowskis since the first matrix. and that was mostly style wise ripped off from ghost in the shell. hack sibling duo if you ask me. hate their stupid preachy undertones also.

  19. I’m interested in this movie, but I can’t be the only one that thinks Tatum’s ears and facial look are hilarious.

  20. John Carter 2: The Matrix

  21. ..the Wachowskis siblings take chances on creativity and imagination…I suppose you can go see “The Lego Movie” or “Non Stop” and call that original…hey if they riffed a bit from Ghost in the Shell big deal…everyone does it…at least they riff from the best and put their spin on it…

  22. Why is Hollywood so bent on Channing Tatum!? Good grief he got his star from the step up movies! It is just so lame how ge yells Jupiter at the end of the first trailer. I feel like the wachowskis are trying to create a teen Divergent Hunger games adventure! If you want to see something epic watch tha Angry Video Game Nerd do his review of Festers Quest for the NES. The song that Kyle plays at the end reminds me that of what expect this movie to be espicially since Channing Tatum is in it.

  23. Meh

  24. Jupiter Ascending looks stupid. Two of the worst actors in the A list of top 10 celebrities who should not be famous, dress up like Chris Tucker from the 5th element, and run around the galaxy, trying to restore balance to the throne of captain crunch.

    The Wachowski’s used to be a heavy pair of unpredictables when the Matrix was alive, but now they’re just popping mollies with George Lucas and hoping they will be home in time for corn flakes.

  25. Doesn’t anyone else see all the similarities to fifth element?!