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Jupiter’s Moon film review: rewarding superhero origin tale by White God director Kornél Mundruczó

Mundruczó’s provocative and hugely ambitious superhero film is based around Europe’s refugee crisis. While it may not be for everyone, it’s sure to get your blood pumping from the opening scene

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2018, 6:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2018, 6:00pm

4/5 stars

Celebrated Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó follows his sensational canine thriller White God with a visually enticing superhero origin story, struck from the socially potent furnace of European art-house cinema.

During a pulse-pounding opening sequence, in which Syrian refugees cross the Hungarian border, we watch as Aryan (Zsombor Jéger) is gunned down, only to rise from the grave displaying new-found powers of flight and healing. Quickly taken under the wing of the opportunistic and disgraced Dr Stein (Merab Ninidze), Aryan begins a whirlwind tour of a near-future dystopian land overrun by corruption and political unrest.

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Mundruczó weaves a wider message into this passionate defence of Europe’s refugees, and manages to condemn people’s fear of foreign, alien otherness. His weightless camera snakes dreamlike through the action, as if Superman had been remade by Andrei Tarkovsky.

In Jupiter’s Moon, the laws of physics and conventional storytelling have given way to a more primal, immersive form of sensory experience. While certainly not for all tastes, Mundruczó’s provocative and hugely ambitious head-trip proves both ravishing and rewarding to those who yield to its powers.

Jupiter’s Moon opens May 24

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