Before I say anything else, full credit for this idea must go to jupiter-descending, who put together a comparison of still images to demonstrate how the climatic scenes of Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back and Jupiter Ascending parallel each other. (In ESB, the hero is injured, told that the villain is his father and falls. In JA, the villain is injured, told that the hero is not his mother and falls.)
This is my contribution, which is the comparison in gif form. As you can see, I chose slightly different images to focus on. I cheated a bit with the close-ups on Hamill and Redmayne since they’re not exact parallels; the close-up of Hamill comes after the “I am your father” line whereas the close-up of Redmayne comes just before the “I’m not your damn mother” line. Despite that I felt the images were worth comparing, since they’re framed in an almost identical manner and convey a similar sense of distress.
There is more to the ESB parallel than this, but that will take up a separate post.
Two other featurettes (The Wachowskis: Minds Over Matter and Jupiter Jones: Destiny Is Within Us) have also been mentioned in earlier press releases; it’s unclear what’s happened with them, but it may just be that the BBFC has yet to certify them. I’ll update you when I know more.
Jupiter Ascending Movie Storyline:
In a universe where human genetic material is the most precious
commodity, an impoverished young Earth woman becomes the key to
strategic maneuvers and internal strife within a powerful dynasty.
☞ Jupiter Ascending Movie Detail Release Date : 2015-02-27 Casts :
Katherine Cunningham, Nathan Geist, Karen Anderson, Simon Dutton, Kick
Gurry, David Ajala, Derek Blankenship, Tamela D'Amico, Nicholas A.
Newman, Mila Kunis, Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Rickard, Eric Ian,
Ryan Browning Johnson, Elina Alminas, Vander McLeod, Duration : 125 minutes runtime Rating : 5.8
In the scene in the clinic, when Jupiter is given the death gas*, she yells “Помогите” (”Help me” in Russian). I find it interesting because in the situation of stress and danger, she goes for Russian. But she grew up in the US, in English-speaking culture. In order to automatically go to Russian, she has to speak it constantly ar home. But in Vassiliys’ house, they speak English - that’s what he imposes during the fight at the table. So, how come Jupiter remembers Russian in this specific moment?
(I also wrote about Russian language and culture in JA here and here and a bit here.)
* How awesome it is that she actually thinks about taking a deep breath and stop breathing, and therefore, half-saves herself? She could have died before Caine finished fighting!
Big Foot and other Cryptids and Mythological Creatures
The humanoid cryptids and many humanoid mythological creatures are definitely splices. (Big foot, kappa, lizard men, mermaids, tengu, kitsune, tanuki, centuars, naga, gorgons, harpies, satyrs, werewolves, vampires, etc.) Splices that went terribly wrong somehow (either biologically or criminally) and sought refuge on underdeveloped worlds. The must remain elusive, since discovery by their splicers (who have ears everywhere) or the galactic authorities will mean almost certain death.
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