Jupiter Ascending is the new movie from Matrix Trilogy architects The Wachowskis, who left that milestone franchise behind in the early 2000s and have continued to push their unique vision ever since; though sadly films like Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas have rewarded the pairs’ ambitions with divisive reception and disappointing box office returns.
Jupiter Ascending has been another such problem child; delayed from release last year and given a slot in the ominous February dumping ground.
That all said, with every new trailer or TV spot the film looks more and more intriguing and exciting – from a visual perspective, at least.
Many viewers are probably still not entirely sold a dog-faced Channing Tatum, or other stars like Belle‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw or Agent Carter‘s James D’Arcy looking like other sorts of half-human, half-animal splice aliens. Could be another case of The Wachowskis’ ambitions (or the themes of transformation they seem constantly pulled to) pushing too far for mainstream blockbuster tastes.
On the other hand, what is seen in the latest TV trailers is enough to possibly stand out in the barren desolation that are February movies. No doubt Warner Bros. is hopeful to pull the same trick from 2014, when the studio released The Lego Movie on the same weekend and killed it at the box office. This year, the operating strategy seems to be offering the demographic that will make Avengers 2 and Star Wars 7 huge hits a little taste of some sci-fi superheroesque action in an otherwise vacant market. It’s a counter-programming move that could very well work, and prove Jupiter Ascending‘s delay to be a shrewd move.
Below you’ll find a gallery of images from the film, which again show off the Wachowskis’ uniquely imaginative visual style.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Jupiter Ascending will be in theaters on February 6, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.