Friday, January 30, 2015

Scoring New Space Opera with Jupiter Ascending

Finally, after having its opening shifted twice, the long anticipated space opera Jupiter Ascending by The Wachowskis (formerly the Wachowski brothers, famed for the Matrix series) will hit the screens on 5 February  2015 in Malaysia. First scheduled for an opening in mid-2014, it was delayed twice in order to allow sufficient time for the addition of over 2000 special effects scenes. Prior to its February opening, it has been screened only once during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews. In any case , here is the official trailer from Warner Brothers:

The plot of Jupiter Ascending centres around Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a down on her luck janitor eking out a miserable living cleaning toilets in Chicago. Her life meets a drastic change once she is tracked down by a genetically engineered ex-military hunter called Caine (Channing Tatum).

Channing Tatum is Caine looking like a space-elf is actually a genetically  engineered with wolf and human DNA.

Mila Kunia as Jupiter Jones can now claim alien-genes for her otherworldly eyes!

Caine informs her that her genes carry a signature marker that makes her the heir of an ancient Alien dynasty who have been seeding planets for the purpose of creating living creatures that will reach a “Darwinian state of perfection” so that they may be harvested to produce a youth serum that will keep the Dynastic leaders immortal and youthful. When the matriarch of House Abraxas, the most powerful alien dynasty dies, her three children battle to be the next ruler. Foremost of them is Balem Abraxas, the oldest son and main antagonist who will stop at nothing to prevent Jupiter from claiming earth, on which he has set his sights. Balem vows to harvest earth rather than let Jupiter claim it for herself. As Jupiter is drawn into this civil war, the question is, will her efforts to save Earth pay off?

Balem Abraxas doesn't quite look the action villain.

Will Stinger (Sean Bean) survive this adventure?

This 2015 TV spot showcases the stunning special effects in the movie’s chase scenes (as well as a very attractive Eddie Redmayne as Balem and Channing Tatum topless):

In any case, the extremely fit Channing Tatum apparently does many of the stunts himself. As this behind the scenes footage shows:

In any case it would be interesting to see both Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis perform in this particular flick as most of their previous films have been in the romance or drama genre (and comedy for Kunis). More importantly, we’re looking forward to the directive geniuses of Andy and Lana Wachowski who are famed for working on the likes of The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas.

The official website (above) for the movie is a pretty cool place that features interactive flash game and a virtual album of movie concept art under its ‘Features’ section. You can also click ‘Explore the Universe’ for short clips and trivia from the movie. Note that website content could be fairly resource heavy on some browsers.

Woah! Is this a space gargoyle?!
One of the most interesting aspects of the movie is of course the amazingly lush costume design which can be seen here:

Wardrobe of space royalty.

Here is a close-up of the wedding dress Mila Kunis wears, check out the three dimensional flower details and the amount of beads, as well as the elaborate silver steel and flower headdress:

Source: US Weekly

It’s difficult to imagine the amount of work that must have gone into making this dress, considering its ornate details. Nevertheless, we may yet see some cosplay for these costumes when cosplayers take up the challenge.

Many local brands are offering contests that tie in with the movie as surveyed by the Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T.)To start off, is offering free movie passes to the Premiere screening on February 4th 2015. To win, either call in when the cue is given on air, or fill up a small quiz found on their website here.

Maybank Credit Card holders shoppping in 1 Utama or KLCC can also claim free passes to the Premiere screenings on February 4th, but the numbers are limited while stocks last or before 2 February 2015. Details can be found here.

TGV Cinemas is offering discounts on their IMAX 3D movie tickets for Jupiter Ascending until the 4th of February.

A Limited Edition Tonner Doll will set you back at least RM1,000++.

On the other hand, if you are looking for Jupiter Ascending collectibles, the Intercooler website here lists some e-bay sellers that sell figurines and signed posters. The above Tonner Dolls are coming soon in very Limited Edition quantities of only 300 each which will set back Mila Kunis fans over RM1,000. Fan-girls of Channing Tatum may also be delighted to know there is a Caine doll coming up.

Cute ya? Vinyl POP! figures of Jupiter and Caine from Funko.

Also, if you are into Funko Pop! Vinyl collectible figurines, cutesy Caine Wise, Jupiter Jones and Jupiter the Queen version are available. Unfortunately, none of these goodies have been sighted locally so the only option by may to order online from sites that ship to Malaysia. One such US online retailer is Entertainment Earth, which also carries Pop! Vinyl figures, posters and other knick-knacks.

Because the sci-fi geek in us like over-the-top spaceships!
For those who still need to know more before going into the movie, we close with a somewhat plot spoilery trailer of Jupiter Ascending. Regardless how the plot turns out, it looks to a geek orgy fest of starships, mecha, and aliens including some looking like "draconians"!

Disclaimer: Jupiter Ascending and other trademarks are copyright to Warner Bros. Pictures, referenced here for fan service announcements without intent to infringe.

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