On a spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet with around about 5000 or so people aboard, two passengers are awakened just 30 years into their 120 year journey. Yep 90 years too early.
First of all, it would be remiss of me to continue misleading you as the trailers and advertising have thus far done. This is not a sci-fi movie. It’s not an action movie either. I don’t care what the trailer looks like because the trailer is utterly deceiving.
Passengers is a love story. It just happens to be set in space with nobody else around.
To be honest, there is not a great deal I can say about this movie without giving the story away.
Jim (Pratt) is the first to wake up and spends some time alone. Then Aurora (Lawrence) wakes up. And yes, Aurora is the name of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty so someone on the writing team has a sense of humour.
The movie is a look at human beings and what it means to be human. We are all pretty frail and flawed… rather tragic creatures really … who can only make decisions based on the situations we find ourselves in. Perception, as they say, is reality. So given a different set of circumstances, would you or I make entirely different choices? Possibly. Who knows.
Pratt and Lawrence are a wonderful on-screen pair. Their chemistry was amazing and their own unique quirkiness was allowed to be played out within their characters. Actors with any less chemistry would have been a disaster for this movie.
There is nothing particularly memorable about this movie. It’s pretty standard Hollywood gloss and shiny things and pretty people. The script was pretty average but what I enjoyed was the intent. The questions and the ‘what ifs’ that I found myself pondering as I drove home.
What would I do? Probably exactly what they do.
This will be one of those movies that as you are channel surfing in years to come, with nothing else to do and nothing else to watch, you will watch this movie just because. Kinda like you do when you stumble across The Ugly Truth or The Family Stone or Valentine’s Day. All pieces of mindless, fluff, chick flick, lonely girl Saturday night movies but you watch anyway. Guilty pleasure indeed.
Director : Morten Tyldum
Starring : Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia
Running Time : 116 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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