The following symbolic analysis of the film Jupiter Ascending describes some of the mythic aspects of modern film. We discussed in the post Decoding Fiction - Science of Meaning | As Above So Below (Fractal) Symbolism in Once Upon A Time TV Series some of the reasons why popular media is saturated in symbolic content.
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Jupiter Ascending, is one of the most expected and ambitious projects of the cinema industry yet, produced, by the Wachowski Brothers, creators of the incredibly successful movie saga The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending , released on the UK, the 6th of February of 2015, is a flamboyant fussion between The Matrix, Star Wars, Princess Diaries, also adding elements of another dystopian works on literature, cinema , as well as certain political elements, that should be analysed. Despite the harsh critics it has received, I think it should definitely be seen, and observed, carefully. Let’s check it out why.
The plot of the movie spins around a young girl, half Russian, half British, nationalized American, called Jupiter Jones(Mila Kunis), she carries an ordinary life cleaning toilets, and taking care of her family; desperate trying to get out, her life , gives a major change, when, at a Medical Clinic, expecting to extract her ovaries, she is almost killed by a breed of Aliens, called The Keepers. Rescued by Caine Wise, a half lycan, half humanoid rogue soldier, she is introduced to the truth , not only on them, but whom she is in reality, the heir to Planet Earth, part of the Royalty. Then , there it comes the conflict, between our protagonist, and the House of Abrasax, one of the most powerful dynasties, in the whole of the Universe, its three heirs: Kalique, Titus, and the all-powerful Lord Balem, compete, for power, owning entire systems of planets under their grip. The Earth’s true nature is revealed by Caine Wise to Jupiter: Your planet was seeded by Abrasax Industries roughly one hundred thousand years ago. What does this mean? Here it is an interesting connection between Jupiter Ascending as well as Blade Trinity , and the creepy dystopian saga, Unwind, written by Neil Shusterman, the Vampires in Blade trinity, harvest humans, keeping them on a chemically induced coma, to extract their blood, forever; in Unwind, the dream of the ruling class is to achieve immortality by using the fluors of the ‘ expendable ones’. Abrasax Industries hunt humans, kept them, and extract their essence, to produce a special fluor, capable of prolonging time, in other words, the eternal youth, the star product of Abrasax Industries. Jupiter Jones, perplexed, is given a quasi elitist explanation by Kalique: ‘ Your Earth is a very small part of a very large industry. Right now, Balem is entitled to Earth. Once you claim it, the Earth will belong to you.’ Here is when it comes the major conflict of the movie, the inner power struggle between the Abrasax brothers to fight for the Planet Earth. Another interesting details , come when Stinger Apini, the character, played by Sean Bean, colleague of Caine Wise, tells some quite eerie details of Abrasax Industries , as well as, Planet Earth’s and humanity origin; the origins of humanity was on a planet called Horus: You’ve been taught that birthplace of the human race is Earth, it is not. Abrasax Industries, seeds planets, so they can collect the harvest, humans, to extract their fluor, once they procreate, or they overpopulate, they start, the harvest, to keep the things up. Here it is an interesting combination of Malthusianism, and Social Darwinism. The first one, pioneered by the venetian monk Giammaria Ortes, then by Thomas Malthus, actualized by The Club of Rome’s 1972 book Limits to Growth , speaking about the dangers of the overpopulation , and the consumption of the natural resources. And then, there is the Darwinist element, the consideration of certain beings, as nothing more , than a cattle to breed, in order to perpetuate the ruling of the elite, the underclass is sacrificed, on behalf of the Oligarchy. One movie character that illustrates this pernicious and savaging nature , is Lord Balem Abrasax, the ruler of Abrasax Industries, the richest , and most powerful of his brothers, among his most highlighted quotes are: Some lives will always matter more than the others’ resembling George Orwell’s work Animal Farm, when Squeeler , the lackey of the tyrant pig Napoleon says: ‘All animals are equal, but some animals , are more equal than others, that is animalism.’ Another quote that illustrates, the ruthlessness of Balem is: I will harvest that planet tomorrow, before I let her , take it from me.’ However, the two most revealing ones are:’ I give life , and I take it ‘, resembling Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the Manhattan Project grandiloquent statement: ‘Now I have become death, the destroyer of the worlds’, and ‘ Life , is an act of consumption.’ Here it is revealed the psychopathic nature of Balem, quite similar to that of Agent Smith in The Matrix, while torturing Morpheus, depicts the human race as a virus that consumes the resources of the planet, like a plague. For Abrasax Industries, the single, and most valuable commodity, is not oil, gas, or electricity, but time, in some sort of way, the Elite, here, becomes almost like the most vicious parasite, predating on the lives of the others to perpetuate, and prolong theirs, like a modern version of the vampires.
Another interesting feature, that is present all along the movie, is the fact, that humanity is controlled secretly by an invisible, and all powerful race of aliens, always watching and being vigilant, sometimes, caring, sometimes, destroying as they please. According to the Ancient Astronauts theory, the Angels, are in reality Aliens, that visited the earth long time ago, and inbreeded with humans, such as was depicted in the Apocryphal Gospel, the Book of Enoch, describing how a group of angels, called The Watchers, or Grigori, commanded by Semyazza and Azazel, fell in love, with the daughters of the mortals, and inbred with them, originating a destructive race of giants, called Nephilim. The Grigori, were chained and casted to darkness, and the Nephilim, destroyed by the Archangels, apparently, however this idea is nothing new at all, if we take a look at the Norse mythology or, better, the Greek one, we will find examples of Gods, having relationships with humans, these ‘ Gods’ could be Aliens, in fact, the Gods had offspring , demi-gods, such as Achilles, Hercules, or Theseus. What does this has to do with Jupiter Ascending?