Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

This is one of those films with catchy titles and it makes you want to watch it and understand the reason for such a title. Upon watching it, it reminded me about Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a more "Matrix-like" plot wherein humans here are used as a valuable interplanetary glutathione-like resource distributed in many different planets of the galaxy.

These fountain-of-youth factories are managed by 3 most powerful individuals in the universe and the Earth as we know it, is not what we thought it was and how it came to be as it is now. The main character, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) discovers this reality the hard way when aliens tracked her down through her DNA and almost killed her. If it were not for a lone genetically-engineered ex-military/hunter, Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), she wouldn't have survived even just for day. If you're being hunted down by interplanetary creatures with superior intelligence and firepower, I mean - who would survive that, right?

Just like any human being, she was in denial about the whole "you are not alone in the universe" concept and thought that it was all just a dream gone awry. Who would have thought that one moment, you're earning a living by cleaning someone else's toilet and the next thing, you're a powerful and reincarnated queen of the universe who owns the Earth and a host of other planets?

Apart from the cool special effects and costumes, the plot was not too predictable and would make you want to watch it until the very end. It explores and reflects the most basic of instincts wherein anyone in power want more power and would do anything to protect it at all costs, even if it means going against your very own parent.

I liked the part when  Kalique Abrasax (Tuppence Middleton) told Jupiter that if you have access to the vastness of the universe, the single most important commodity wouldn't be minerals or planets, but time. It's for this reason why they "harvest" people from different planets and use them to reverse aging.

I am not certain if this film outdid the Matrix Trilogy, but all I can say is that the Wachowski brothers have one hell of an imagination to even conceptualize this film, whilst successfully integrating human values, life lessons and what is truly important in life. I mean you don't get drowned too much by special effects and the story line and you take away something from it.

I suppose ascendancy has its perks, but being able to realize your true calling, living your life purposefully and simply aligned to your calling, perhaps there is more ascendancy to this more than any material possessions in the universe.

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