Release year: 2015
Director: The Wachowskis
Screenwriter: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Nikki Amuka-Bird
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under signs predicting she was destined for great things but as an adult she is left dreaming of the stars while cleaning toilets. Untill one day when Caine (Channing Tatum) an alien genetically engineered ex-military hunter shows up at the last moment to save from a sudden and unexpected threat to her life and she begins to discover that danger sometimes follow greatness.
The Wachowskis space opera has opened to a lukewarm reception, perhaps due to the believe that a delayed movie release means a troubled movie. But seing the beauty of the movie and the gorgeous 3D it is not hard to believe the directors explanation that they delayed to give more time to post production and it is highly recommended to forget all critique you have heard and go enjoy this wonderful adult space fairy tale, for it is indeed enjoyable. Kunis (Black Swan, 2010) is brilliant as the regular girl thrown into a space adventure and she and Tatum (White House Down, 2013) suits each other as Tatum’s tracker litterally sweeps her of her feet, there are plenty of chemistry between the two, with the only problem maybe being their relationship has little time to develop. The supporting cast is in particular strong, especially Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) but none more than a terrifyingly creepy Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, 2011) who manage to make you uncomfortable every second he is on screen. The movie’s visual beauty is stunning and deserves being watched in cinemas to gain the most of it and there are several chases and fights directed with the same strong sense of intensity as previously seen by the siblings in their mega hit The Matrix (1999) and with a gripping story and likeable characters, this is pure adventure from beginning to end.
The crew created a rig of six cameras, called the Panocam, which was mounted on a helicopter and covered nearly 180 degrees of the action. During post production, the directors could combine the overlapped filmed footage, essentially creating a camera that could swing around the action independently of the helicopter’s actual flying path.