Andy and Lana Wachowski haven’t had a good time of it since The Matrix. After re-defining the sci-fi cinema landscape with black pleather and bullet-time, they filled out the trilogy with two critical failures now viewed as the benchmark for just how far, how fast a series can fall. Try though they might, neither of their subsequent films, Speed Racer or Cloud Atlas, was able to recapture even a fraction of the magic of their most famous effort.
Now, they return with Jupiter Ascending, in which Channing Tatum is a pointy-eared space bounty hunter/dog, Mila Kunis is a long-lost space princess, and Oscar nominee Eddie Redmayne chews scenery like it’s going out of style. So. Is the post-Matrix Wachowskis curse broken?
No. So much no. Spoilers follow.