The extraordinary, paradigm-shifting success of The Matrix won The Wachowskis the kind of power and leverage other filmmakers dream about. They could write their own ticket, so to speak, but the films they have subsequently made are the kinds that transform fans into cultists and then cultists into apologists. A whole lot of folks checked out on the Wachowskis during the The Matrix sequel,s and Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas further thinned the Wachowskis' rapidly dwindling fan base. Now the pair is back with Jupiter Ascending, which was originally scheduled for release this year, but was pushed back to February 2015, reportedly because the Wachowskis "needed more time to complete their work on more than 2,000 special effects." Some of those 2,000 effects are on display in the new international trailer for the film, which features a bunch of new footage that makes Jupiter Ascending look even crazier than the Wachowskis' post-The Matrix oeuvre, while at the same time suspiciously resembling The Matrix both in look and in theme.
The trail of the tape
Title: Jupiter Ascending
Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski
Screenwriters: Andy and Lana Wachowski
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean
Release date: February 6, 2015
Tagline: “Expand your universe.”
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Your earth is a very small part of a very large industry.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Like The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending chronicles the life of an ordinary, everyday earth person who discovers that they have a glorious destiny to fulfill in a crazy alien realm, only this time the unlikely savior is Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), an unsuspecting earth janitor who is the heir to an alien dynasty. Her protector is Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered super-soldier with both wolf and human DNA who has an incredible sense of smell. (I know that might sound silly, but it’s based on a real guy I knew who always had wolf DNA and was a genetically engineered alien super-soldier.) Will Jupiter Ascending be transcendently silly, a Matrix for the new millennium, or an enduring humiliation for all involved? From the looks of the trailer, Jupiter Ascending could go either way. One thing is for certain: while The Wachowskis can be accused of many things (like naming characters “Caine Wise”), they cannot be accused of being generic. The Wachowski crazy is a very specific kind of crazy, and Jupiter Ascending looks absolutely insane, for better or worse.