Jupiter Ascending

Rated 2.0

A Russian immigrant in Chicago (Mila Kunis) learns that she is the genetic reincarnation of a long-dead alien matriarch, and she becomes a pawn in a power struggle among her “children” (Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton). Written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, this delirious sci-fi epic is instant camp, careening in and out of sheer gibberish, as gaudy and flamboyant as a drag-queen fashion show in a Martian whorehouse. Memo to Wachowskis: If you must load your script with bizarre names and concepts, don't let your actors mumble and whisper, and don't drown them out with music and explosions. Performances range from decent (Kunis and Channing Tatum as her protector) to wretched (Redmayne is so lousy he deserves to forfeit his Oscar nomination for The Theory of Everything).