The Wachowski's, who previously directed the visually appealing Matrix trilogy and the rather ambitious Cloud Atlas, certainly haven't lost their visual flare. Jupiter Ascending, if noting else, looks visually appealing, both in terms of special effects and cinematography. They film everything with such wonder and amazement, particularly the action sequences, an earlier one involving two space ships flying around the city comes to mind as being the most dazzling of the lot. The effects are glorious too, adding a sense of realism to this universe of wonder. The two haven't lost their sense of style just yet, even if their sense of storytelling disappeared years ago, Cloud Atlas being the only exception.
The only thing the actors in this film tried to do was get paid. None of them seem to care about the film at hand. All they seem to be doing is reading lines, barely satisfying the directors and going home with a cheque in hands. Channing Tatum has proven himself to be a surprisingly great actor, especially in Foxcatcher, and now he goes and does this. But at least he's not as embarrassing as Eddie Redmayne, who not only recently proved himself to be a good actor, but also scored an Oscar nomination. Then he gives a performance like this, and I'm still not sure what the hell he was doing during this film.
Unfortunately though, it's more than just the plot that fails to make sense. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING in this movie makes any sort of sense. There's so many unanswered questions that you'll have floating around in your head once the credits begin to role. Questions such as, why did Mila Kunis suddenly appear on that ship when she was on Earth like 5 minutes ago? Why does that man have an elephant head? What the hell is Sean Bean doing here? Is this really directed by the same people that made The Matrix? Why is Terry Gilliam in this movie? Why isn't he the one directing this movie? What's the point of Eddie Redmayne being in this? And various other questions that you will never get an answer too. It's all a bit painful, really.