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Jupiter Ascending (12A)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

The critical consensus

Imagine the loopiest fan-fiction you can, as written by devotees of the aforementioned Gilliam, and you’ll be on the right track.

**(*)(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 03/02/2015

The Wachowskis borrow from Under The Skin (notably the idea of “harvesting” humans) and other offbeat recent sci-fi movies as well as from Star Wars. They’re caught, though, in some purgatorial world between kids’ action-adventure and cerebral adult thriller.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 04/02/2015

It’s all very chaotic and entertaining, like a bizarre cult sci-fi TV show that somehow survived a threat of mid-season cancellation.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/02/2015

Boring action, tedious characters and, everybody’s favourite, space bureaucracy! You know, just in case you were starting to have fun.

**(*)(*)(*)Patrick Harley, TVBomb, 06/02/2015

Wachowski's kitsch sci-fi thriller isn't worth the candles.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 06/02/2015

In space, no one can hear you scream…with laughter. Which is helpful when watching the Wachowskis’ latest effort.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/02/2015

The film does look spectacular but Andy and Lana Wachoswki still can’t match the impact they made with The Matrix a generation ago.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 08/02/2015

It’s a film that seems to be unintentionally channelling the spirit of Flash Gordon. And is all the better for it.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2015

There’s a lot of gene-chopping in Jupiter Ascending: outer space looks like a thousand heavy metal covers diced together, and the heroine is a blend of a bored Mila Kunis, Cinderella, and Neo from the Wachowskis’ most successful film, The Matrix.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 09/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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