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“Could this get any weirder?” Jupiter (Mila Kunis) asks another character in a scene from the Wachowskis‘ new sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending. Audience members could certainly ask themselves the same question about the film.
In a movie that includes as many head-scratching scenes as it does characters with oddly shaped ears, it’s not easy to choose its strangest moments. But here are five standouts. (Spoilers abound.)
1. A main character proposes to his reincarnated mother.
If you can’t get behind someone realizing that a woman contains the same DNA makeup as his recently deceased 91,000-year-old mom, and then promptly deciding to marry her, this might not be the right film for you.
2. Channing Tatum’s character enjoys sniffing paper.
Our first introduction to Tatum’s bounty hunter (is there a film set in space that doesn’t have a bounty hunter?) involves him sniffing a document, showing that he’s half-human and half-… space wolf? Another character is apparently part-bee (although this isn’t made entirely clear) and lives in a house filled with the insect. He explains a major plot point with this quote, delivered with a completely straight face: “Bees are genetically designed to recognize royalty.”
3. Yep, there’s a space orgy.
It’s a film by the Wachowskis, so viewers shouldn’t be too shocked to see a group-sex scene. This one involves a feather headdress (OK, sure).
4. Someone’s family is attacked by enslaved dinosaurs.
If you believe that stuff about the dinos’ extinction that you were taught in school, think again. As it turns out, dinosaurs are still around and are out there doing our dirty work for us.
5. Hot tubs are filled with blended-up human remains.
The good news is, the film’s characters have found a serum that makes them look decades younger. The bad news? The elixir is basically a people smoothie. (By the way, Soylent Green called. It wants its shocking twist back.)
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