House Of Abrasax, The

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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Expand your universe.
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
128
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
110
Time Cut:
18
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Brief Synopsis:
With reduced bloat, some light resequencing and a complete colour regrade to lighten everything up I present to you a leaner, more focused and utterly unique space opera from the minds of the Wachowski's.
Intention:
Jupiter Ascending feels, at times, like Terry Gilliam's Brazil crossed with Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and looks like the bastard child of Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Chronicles of Narnia. Its a fun, silly, romantic space opera and deserves more respect for what it does well but the criticisms levied at it are certainly not without grounds. My intention was to deliver an edit that allows this film's qualities to shine.
Other Sources:
Jupiter Ascending Blu Ray
Special Thanks:
I'd like to say a huge thank you to GelflingHand for making me with the title animations and to Scar for previewing this and providing me with some wonderful feedback as well as inspiring me to give the whole film a regrade. Thank you to all of you who followed this project's development and for your input on the thread.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All edits were done with Lightworks, I also used Makemkv, handbrake and gimp
Cuts and Additions:
Removed - 15 minutes of Jupiter's Family antics including:
Jupiter's dad meeting her mum
Jupiter's dad's death
Jupiter's birth
Jupiter's job
Jupiter's cousin forcing her to sell her eggs at a fertility clinic and demanding 60% of the money (?!)
Jupiter's cousin wasting all that money
Jupiter's cousin being told off by all the family for forcing Jupiter to sell her eggs
Jupiter's being reunited with her family and returning to work
Removed - 2 minutes of a vague, exposition heavy, introduction to the three Abrasax siblings

Moved - I have also repurposed the title sequence shots of Jupiter and combined them with Eddie Redmayne's ship returning to Jupiter to form the new opening scene. originally this sequence was at the 13 minute mark preceded by 9 minutes of family shenanigans. This required some tweaks to the studio cards.

Moved - The kidnapping of Jupiter's family had been moved to immediately after the promotion of Greeghan.

Colour regrade - The film is very dark and the colours surprisingly muted. I've gone through and regraded it to give a brighter, vibrant palette more in keeping with the pulpy story content. It also serves to reveal even more of the fabulous set, character and mechanical designs.
Launch Trailer

User reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.5(2)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(2)
Narrative
 
7.5(2)
Enjoyment
 
8.5(2)
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
I'm one of the three people who loved Jupiter Ascending, so I don't think it *needed* a fan edit, but The House of Abrasax is an excellent alternate version and I wouldn't be surprised if most viewers prefer it over the original. The opening is certainly more exciting.

I was anticipating that the total removal of Jupiter's background would adversely affect the climax of the film, but didn't find that to be the case at all. This is a different Jupiter - she *doesn't* hate her life, and she really isn't Balem's mother. She doesn't experience much in the way of character development and growth, she's just an ordinary woman who gets caught up in a wild adventure.

The lack of explanation for what she's doing at the clinic at the start comes across as a little odd, as does the failure to establish her relationship with her family before they're kidnapped, but none of that is critical to the story. Her reaction to their plight makes it clear how much they mean to her.

As far as I could tell, the editing was technically flawless, but there was sometimes noticeable posterization in the background of shots.
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(Updated: January 04, 2021)
Overall rating
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
This is a great edit over all. It tightened up the pacing and made for an more enjoyable experience. Most of the extraneous material has been trimmed away, although it is still a bit exposition heavy.

My main criticism is that, while the scenes with her family are downright obnoxious and mostly drag the narrative down, some of these scenes should have remained intact, especially those depicting what Jupiter does for a living. The reason I say this is because there are at least THREE references to the fact that she works as a housekeeper. These references make no sense anymore because we never get to see Jupiter scrubbing toilets like we do in the original edit.

We also miss out on some much needed characterization for Jupiter. We hit the ground running with this edit, which is good, but an unfortunate consequence is that, by the time the action picks up, we know next to nothing about our protagonist or why we should care about her.

The fact that Jupiter works as a housekeeper and sort of hates her life is an important setup for how she grows as a character. This is especially relevant at the end of the film when Balem says Jupiter reminds him of his mother because his mother "hated her life" (strongly implying that Jupiter hates her life, too). Jupiter replies that she's not his mother before finishing him off. It's supposed to be a powerful moment, but it's sapped of its strength because we simply don't know anything about Jupiter's life, let alone why she might hate it.

Also, when her family is kidnapped, it seems very out of context because this is the first time we are introduced to them, and we have no idea who they are or why we should care, that is until one of the captors says something like, "you must be the mother." Even with this line, it is still quite confusing.

In short, it is essential that we know at least a little bit about Jupiter's life, even if her family is extremely annoying.

I was watching it with a few people, some of whom have never seen the original. They sensed that there were some vital details missing regarding Jupiter's life. I'll add that they were also confused by the kidnapping scene.

Over all I think this fanedit is a clear improvement over the original. I especially liked that the faneditor left in the cheesy romance between the two leads, as I really liked that about the original. Having said that, Jupiter is modelled somewhat after the 'Cinderella' archetype, and that fact is unfortunately lost with this edit, which guts the story of crucial thematic elements. A great edit over all, but a bit heavyhanded.

Edit: Review edited to reflect the fact that a cut I had criticized is actually in the original theatrical cut.

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