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At the beginning of the story, Earth’s residents are unaware that the human species on Earth and countless other planets were established by families of transhuman and alien royalty for the purpose of later “harvesting” the resulting organisms to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets.
After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children, Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth), quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous refinery on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source. Protagonist Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) narrates that her father, Maximilian Jones (James D’Arcy), met her mother, Aleksa (Maria Doyle Kennedy), in Saint Petersburg. After Maximilian is killed in a robbery, Aleksa names their daughter Jupiter, after his favorite planet, and they move to Chicago to live with Aleksa’s family.
Many years later, Jupiter works with Aleksa and her Aunt Nino (Frog Stone) to clean the homes of wealthy neighbors. To buy a telescope, Jupiter agrees to sell her eggs with the help of her cousin Vladie (Kick Gurry), under the name of her friend Katharine Dunlevy (Vanessa Kirby). At Katharine’s house, Jupiter and Katharine are attacked by extraterrestrial ‘Keepers’; and when Jupiter photographs these, they erase her memory of the incident.
During the egg donation procedure, the doctors and nurses are revealed to be Balem’s agents, sent to kill her, and she is saved by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a former soldier sent by Titus. Stinger Apini (Sean Bean), an old comrade of Caine’s, agrees to help Jupiter, but a group of hunters take her to Kalique’s palace on a distant planet, where Kalique explains that Jupiter is genetically identical to the dead matriarch, and therefore the Earth’s rightful owner. Supported by Captain Diomika Tsing (Nikki Amuka-Bird) of the Aegis (an intergalactic police force), Caine retrieves her from Kalique, and brings her to the planet Ores (the intergalactic capital city) to claim her inheritance.
Jupiter Ascending is an American–Australian space opera film written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski. Starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, the film is centered on Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), an ordinary cleaning woman, and Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), an interplanetary warrior who informs Jones that her destiny extends beyond Earth. Supporting cast member Douglas Booth has described the film’s fictional universe as a cross between The Matrix and Star Wars, while Kunis named indulgence and consumerism as its underlying themes.
Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sean Bean, Tuppence Middleton, Vanessa Kirby, Christina Cole, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Screenplay by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Production Design by: Hugh Bateup
Cinematography by: John Toll
Film Editing by: Alexander Berner
Costume Design by: Kym Barrett
Set Decoration by: Peter Walpole
Music by: Michael Giacchino
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: February 6, 2015