A Cinderella-in-space tale

February 5, 2015 6:44 PM

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A Cinderella-in-space tale

If The Matrix was full of bullet-time thrills and cool Keanu-ness, if Cloud Atlas was goofily cartoonish in its attempt to bring David Mitchell's across-the-cosmos novel to the screen, then Andy and Lana Wachowski's latest, Jupiter Ascending, falls somewhere in between - with Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and Star Wars as reference points.

"Technically, I'm an alien," Mila Kunis voice-overs, by way of introduction to this epically kitschy space opera, which begins in a Moscow apartment, then drops in on a childbirth on a tiny freighter in the Atlantic, before moving to here-and-now Chicago. It's in the Windy City, with windy dialogue,...

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