The Wachowskis siblings are often described as visionary directors celebrated for their orginaility, creativity and visually stunning work. Jupiter Ascending is undoubtedly unique in an era of remakes and sequels, this is a spectacle that really stands out. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum lead a star studded cast in the epic space opera which is available to ownon Digital HD now! To celebrate the Digital HD release Movies In Focus is going to take a look at the careers of the Wachowski siblings.
Lana and Andy Wachowski grew up with their family in South Chicago before both going to separate colleges and both leaving before graduating. Together they the set up a house-painting and construction firm whilst at the same time writing for Marvel comics. Their very first movie was a film noir style crime drama, Bound (1996), earning positive reviews from critics and gaining a cult following. Nevertheless, it would take a step into the world of science fiction for the siblings to really get everyone’s attention…
The Matrix Trilogy
In 1999, the Wachowski’s brought audiences across the world one of cinemas most inventive and original films. Mind-blowing stunts. Techno-slamming visuals. Mega-kick action. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne lead the fight to free humankind in The Matrix, the cyber thriller written and directed by the Wachowski’s. Another two films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions followed as well as various spin offs including video games and animated series.
Start your engines and fasten your seatbelts for the Wachowski’s high-octane adventure Speed Racer, combining heartfelt family humour and groundbreaking visual effects. John Goodman and Susan Sarandon star as parents to Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) as he takes on fierce competitors to save his family’s business and protect the sport he loves.
V For Vendetta
Interestingly the Wachowski siblings also wrote the screenplay for the London based dystopian film, V for Vendetta. Based on a graphic novel, who is the man who hides his scarred life behind a mask? Hero or madman? Liberator or oppressor? Who is V – and who will join him in his daring plot to destroy the totalitarian regime that dominates his nation? Natalie Portman stars as a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace she’s fighting against. Hugo Weaving plays V – a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him.
Adpated from David Mitchell’s book Cloud Atlas tells six stories spanning centuries. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry lead an all-star cast in interwoven tales as time shifts between past, present and future As characters reunite from one life to the next, their actions generate consequences: A killer evolves into a hero. An act of kindness inspires a revolution. Cloud Atlas combines science fiction, drama, mystery, action and romance culminating in another Wachowski masterpiece.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Jupiter Ascending is available to Download on Digital HD from June 15 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD 29 June.