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A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves more than most
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This umpteenth iteration of the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai warriors, has its fair share of problems, but not as many as you’ve heard, and not as many as the presence of poor Keanu Reeves — who has unfairly become a cinematic punchline — may have led you to believe. Stolid, stoic Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings) is well-cast as the half-Japanese, half-British Kai, whose status as an outcast in xenophobic 18th-century Japan means he has to keep his eyes down and his mouth shut, and the actor maintains a modest presence throughout, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
One of the most well-known filmmakers in the science fiction genre are the Wachowski siblings. Primarily recognised for their work on The Matrix and its sequels, Andy and Lana Wachowski have also garnered critical and commercial praise for Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. Many were excited to learn that the two were working on a new project, returning once again to original material. Titled Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis take on directing and screenwriting duties, working with a cast that includes Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Terry Gilliam. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
This summer is going be full of superheroes, silly comedians, and whatever the hell Godzilla is (is he a dinosaur or what?) Then, out in a different galaxy, there's "Jupiter Ascending." It's the new film from the Wachowskis, who created "The Matrix" (and its sequels) and "Speed Racer" and most recently co-directed "Cloud Atlas," and it looks absolutely bonkers. For further evidence of its commitment to trippiness, please watch the new trailer below.
Most of the trailer reiterates things that were seen in the teaser -- Mila Kunis is a lowly Earth woman who is intercepted by a half-wolf alien (Channing Tatum) and whisked away to the farthest reaches of the universe, bound for really exciting, potentially revolutionary things. (You can tell she is special because bees swarm around here. Bees!)
The movie looks absolutely insane, in the best possible way. It could be a tricky tonal balance because the »
- Drew Taylor
It baffles me how modern film nerds can get crazy excited for the nineteenth new version of something they've seen before, but when we're just a few months out from a new original science-fiction action film from the filmmakers behind "The Matrix," there's a general attitude of "eh". Maybe the Wachowskis are simply working on a different calendar than anyone else. I have no doubt that "Speed Racer" will, in the long run, eventually be acknowledged as a bona-fide family classic, and when more filmmakers start doing work that is influenced by the tremendous, confident visual language of that film, it will get its full due as a genuinely adventurous piece of mainstream cinema. Same is true of "Cloud Atlas." Time will be very kind to that film and its ambitions, and I think there are audiences who would have been profoundly impacted by it that still haven't seen it, »
- Drew McWeeny
While I.ll tell anyone who will listen that Gareth Edwards. Godzilla is the movie I.m looking forward to the most this year, I.m keeping a secret diary where all I do is talk about how much I can.t wait to see Jupiter Ascending. Warner Bros. has released the second theatrical trailer for this epic space opera, seen above, and it.s so beautiful I may just have to hit a bottle of bourbon and drunk dial the movie later on tonight. But we all know that Andy and Lana Wachowski are experts are putting out gorgeous movies . even Speed Racer was a visual treat . but it.s a completely different story when it comes to their films. narratives. Will their latest ascend past The Matrix as their best flick, or will it thud harder than Matrix Revolutions? A lot of it revolves around the cast at »
Warner Bros. and Village RoadShow have premiered a brand new trailer and the first two posters for the Wachowskis Jupiter Ascending starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis set to hit theaters on July 18. The sci-fi epic looks like exactly something you'd expect from Andy and Lana Wachowski and I have to give it to WB for continuing to spend money and place their faith in the sibling filmmakers. While they haven't really impressed me with their last two efforts -- Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas -- I can appreciate the ambition on display. 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 »
- Brad Brevet
"No matter who or what he is, he's after our bounty." Earlier today, a couple posters showed off an interesting marketing aesthetic for Jupiter Ascending, the latest original sci-fi film from Andy & Lana Wachowski at Warner Bros. Pictures. Now the second theatrical trailer has arrived, showing off more of the vast sci-fi universe the siblings have created for the film starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. It looks pretty damn epic, giving the vibe of a blockbuster sci-fi fairytale, complete with cool weapons, weird alien creatures, and rocket boots. Plus Eddie Redmayne is having plenty of fun as the villain. Watch now! Here's the new full trailer for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, straight from Warner Bros. Pictures: Jupiter Ascending is written and directed by filmmaker siblings Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, the duo behind Bound, the Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas just last year. Official synopsis: In a universe »
- Ethan Anderton
The Wachowskis are known for going big. Even The Matrix Trilogy creators’ debut, the stylish, sexy low-budget thriller Bound, has an intense, epic feel to it. Their output since 2003′s The Matrix Revolutions have seen them playing on similarly large canvases: 2008′s live-action, candy-colored cartoon Speed Racer and 2012′s ambitious, multi-layered sci-fi saga Cloud Atlas.
Their latest offering is this summer’s original science-fiction space opera, Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a Ukrainian immigrant whose dull daily grind is interrupted in spectacular fashion by Channing Tatum’s Caine, an alien assassin sent to kill Jupiter before she can fulfill her destiny (though, Caine ends up doing the opposite of that and becomes Jupiter’s protector, in a Snow White-esque twist).
Our initial look at the film was followed by an international trailer with some new footage. Now another full-length trailer has been released, showcasing the Wachoswkis’ ...
- Anthony Vieira
The second full Jupiter Ascending trailer is now online. It’s the latest sci-fi spectacle from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the writer and director siblings who previously tackled the genre in The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. This time they’ve got Channing Tatum protecting a princess played by Mila Kunis in what seems to […]
- Germain Lussier
The Wachowskis are back and once again, the fate of the universe is at stake, there's lot of prosthetics and ambitious costumes, and a big sci-fi spectacle being readied to hit the big screen. But here's the thing, post-"The Matrix" the sibling pair haven't exactly been box office titans. "Speed Racer" and "Cloud Atlas" were both high stakes stumbles, and one wonders how much of a shot they'll be given if "Jupiter Ascending" also manages to disappoint. But they'll be going all-in with this one starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith, telling the fairy tale-like story of Jupiter Jones, a lowly cleaner who might just be the next in line to rule the galaxy....if she can stay alive. Luckily, the bounty hunter Caine will be there to protect her and things will explode »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I’m typically not a fan of modern cinematic interpretations of classic television. Let’s face it, Hollywood doesn’t really have the best track record with these types of movies. All I have to do is point to films like Land of the Lost, Speed Racer, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right to make my point. Thankfully though, Mr. Peabody & Sherman doesn’t follow suit and instead rises to the top.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a genius dog and his adopted son Sherman. In order to give Sherman the best education possible, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell) creates a time machine called the Wabac (pronounced “way back”) and takes him to various historical moments in the past. When Sherman goes to school for the first time, this expanded education ruffles the feathers of his newfound class rival, Penny Peterson (Burrell’s Modern Family »
- Dane Jackson
The film is the sequel to the commercially successful 2013 horror flick The Purge, in which the near-future Us Government implements a 12-hour period of “catharsis.” During this time-window, all criminal activity is legal, including violent crime. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, the film starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, and was produced by the micro-budget horror maestro over at Blumhouse Productions. With a budget of just $3 million, The Purge went on to make over $89 million at the box office, despite mixed reviews.
The Purge: Anarchy is again written and directed by DeMonaco, although this time his stars are Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights, Devil’s Due). The plot will take a second look at this near-future nightmare as a »
- Sarah Myles
What happens when you have a string of hit movies and then your ensuing endeavors don’t do nearly as well at the box office? You go back to the well and hope for another round of acclaim. Apparently that’s what the Wachowskis are planning to do. Although the filmmakers’ “Jupiter Ascending” could be the next “Avatar” — after all, anything is possible in that wacky world known as Hollywood — it’s no secret that the Wachowskis haven’t enjoyed the same level of success following the release of “The Matrix” trilogy. While I adored “Speed Racer,” “Cloud Atlas” was definitely a little hard to swallow. Scratch that — it was a mess. To hell with being diplomatic. According to Latino Review, the Wachowskis are planning to put together a prequel to “The Matrix.” Although neither the directors nor Warner Bros. have confirmed these reports, the website seems to think the scripting process is already underway. »
- Todd Rigney
It's been 11 years since The Matrix Revolutions mostly disappointed us with an unsatisfying and predictable end to what began as a revolutionary sci-fi action flick. The Wachowski siblings changed the action genre, making bullet time the hot new trend, and slow-motion action all the rage, and the script was original, mind-blowing, and totally worthy of the patented Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." However, Warner Bros. hasn't gotten anything worthwhile in box office terms from the filmmaking team with both Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas bombing hard. So what's next? How about jacking back into The Matrix for a new trilogy? Latino Review has a new rumor saying that Andy and Lana Wachowski have already turned in early treatments and outlines to the studio for what would be a new trio of films set in The Matrix universe. Supposedly, one of the early outlines was about the birth of The Matrix, but it's »
- Ethan Anderton
Mr. Anderson. Your time in the spotlight is coming up again. A rumor being floated over on Latino-Review claims that a fresh, new Matrix trilogy might be in the works at Warner Bros. The site claims that Andy and Lana Wachowski "already have started the writing process" on what would be a revived franchise for the studio, but they go on to say, "No word if they will want to direct." Lr cites the fact that Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer underperformed at the box office, and they mention that Jupiter Ascending doesn.t look like it.s going to break the bank. Obviously, Hollywood is in full-gear when it comes to rebooting familiar properties and trying to fashion them into long-running film franchises. Just at Warner Bros., alone, they are rolling out a rebooted Godzilla, and are working hard every day to expand the reach of Batman, Superman and »
Little bit of background before we get into the scoop. The studios M.O. has always been to deny any story before all the “pieces” are final.
For example, J.J. Abrams and the Khan denials, the new Star Wars trilogy, ID4 Sequels are all news stories broken by fan boy sites that were denied and ended up being True. We can go on and on and with more examples but nonetheless, the studios and its reps will lie.
The scoop! For years people have joked, assumed and even have posted stories about new Matrix movies being in the works to eventually be revealed that the story was not true… How things have changed.
There is an old saying in Spanish, “Por La Plata Baila El Mono”, which loosely translates to “For the Money, The Monkey Dances.”
Cue the music, the monkey is about to dance.
The Wachowski siblings have a »
- Kellvin Chavez
I'm a fan of two-thirds of The Matrix trilogy. The first, obviously, and The Matrix Reloaded I genuinely enjoy watching (I largely love that score), though I'll admit I don't feel much reason to ever see The Matrix Revolutions again. The trilogy remains the one big hit in writer/director Andy and Lana Wachowski's cinematic history and the reason Warner Bros. continues to grant them the ability to make films such as Speed Racer and now Jupiter Ascending, which is to say films a little more unique than your generic sci-fi fair. Well, another reason to let them make those films is perhaps because the Wachowskis plan on revisiting the Matrix. Rumor from Latino Review suggests as much. Word is "the Wachowski's have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio." What's it all aboutc The site reports: One of the early »
- Brad Brevet
To quote from the Wachowskis: "You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." Seems they chose to take the red pill and will see how far the rabbit hole they can take The Matrix franchise. After making the 1999 groundbreaking masterpiece, they followed it up with two underwhelming sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Since then, they've gone on to make some ho-hum films: Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and the upcoming snooze-fest, Jupiter Ascending. Time to see if they can milk The Matrix fans three more times. We’ve been told that the Wachowski’s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio. No word if they will want »
Say what you will about Lana and Andy Wachowski, but I don’t agree with the common sentiment that they haven’t made a good film since The Matrix. I’ll admit that Speed Racer wasn’t their finest hour, but it still had a lot of things to admire. Cloud Atlas, however, was every bit as impressive as The Matrix and I’m stunned that it wasn’t able to find the same success. Now, the Wachowski siblings are bringing us Jupiter Ascending, which once again looks to be another ambitious sci-fi film that will likely divide critics right down the middle.
Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the plot revolves around Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a Russian immigrant who is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe due to the fact that she shares a genetic similarity. Tatum plays a half-albino ex-military hunter, with wolf and human DNA, »
- Matt Joseph
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 ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
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