Dear Gawd, why do they keep trying to make Channing Tatum a legit movie star? It pains my heart...
The Magic Mike star headlines the latest Andy and Lana Wachowski mind-bending writing/directing collaboration, JUPITER ASCENDING. Or, at least I hope it's going to be mind-bending. Judging by the new trailer that hit the Internets today, I can't really say that the material looks too fresh. It's on par with one of the main themes in cinema this year--love and sacrifice in an alternate universe (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Ender's Game, Pacific Rim, etc)--with which we've been inundated. But regardless of how you feel about the Wachowskis' past work (I know last year's Cloud Atlas divided many viewers), you've got to appreciate their original approach to a familiar premise.
Here's a little more info on JUPITER:
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
See what I mean? I really love Mila Kunis' potential. I don't think we've seen all that she can bring because sadly I think Hollywood depends more on her beauty to define her roles than any actual talent beyond that (save for Black Swan, in which she got to utilize both). Here's hoping there's something more to her character than indicated in the new clip.
Eddie Redmayne, James D'Arcy and Doona Bae (both of whom I thought were great in Cloud) are also in the film.
JUPITER ASCENDING hits theaters July 25th, 2014.