The Wachowskis have returned with a new and original sci-fi film that has the community buzzing. For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer for their new movie, Jupiter Ascending, check it out below. I can wait.
From what I can tell, this story actually looks a lot like The Matrix, only with aliens instead of robots. It appears to follow the same premise of an everyday person who gets sucked into a secret conflict that is going on without most of the world knowing. Though at least this time the rest of the world isn’t living a delusion created by machines. That’s comforting. The main character is, obviously, also of some major importance in this secret struggle. In The Matrix, Neo was “The One” who was prophesized to save humanity and stuff. In this new film, it appears that Jupiter is some sort of queen, perhaps an heir who was banished to Earth, not so different from Neo really, except that her name isn’t an anagram for anything as far as I’m aware (Retipuj!).
In fact many of the characters we see in the trailer have parallels to those in The Matrix, but I would argue that as a whole the casting is better. Mostly I would say that I think Mila Kunis is a better leading actor choice than Keanu Reeves, though really I guess that’s not a huge hurdle. After that I think we roughly break even. I’ll give Carrie-Anne Moss and Channing Tatum about the same rating in the role of the warrior/protector. I also award a push to Lawrence Fishburne and Sean Bean in the role of the mentor. Though, casting Sean Bean in anything does allow the audience to bet on exactly how he’ll die. Or will the Wachowskis go for the twist ending where he lives? So many options, so much potential for wow. What remains to be seen is whether or not they cast someone who competes with Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith in the role of the villain.
All in all, I have to say that I’m very excited for this movie. As one might expect, the visuals the Wachowskis have created look incredible. As for the story’s similarities to The Matrix, I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The first Matrix film has become an enduring classic, and the story of the everyman who is the chosen one is a common trope that doesn’t seem to get old. This movie could also be something that jumpstarts the making of more original sci-fi movies if it’s successful. I, for one, think it would nice to have some great sci-fi/fantasy film content that isn’t based on YA novels or comic books…just saying.
So here’s to you Jupiter Ascending. I’m rooting for ya!