Length: 116 minsRating: PG 13Release Date: 21 December 2016Tagline: Every moment counts.
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Without giving too much away for those of you who haven’t seen Passengers, Chris Pratt plays Jim Preston, a man who hs opted to leave earth with 5,000 others to head on the Starship Avalon to Homestead Colony to begin a new life on a new planet.
The journey is meant to take 120 years, but Jim wakes up after a malfunction with his sleeping pod. He wakes up alone and 90 years too soon.
The movie follows Jim as he battles with being alone, bar a robotic bar tender called Arthur, until one day journalist Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes from her sleep pod. Finally having human contact again, Jim shows Aurora the ship, taking in all the features like Dance Battle rooms, a swimming pool, a fancy robot-run restaurant. But after a while, not only is Jim’s secret spilled to Aurora, but things on the Avalon start malfunctioning. Jim and Aurora have to save the ship from being destroyed and killing all the other sleeping passengers.
If you live an ordinary life, all you’ll have are ordinary stories.
I don’t think that this movie was quite what I was expecting. The trailer (to me) seemed to hint at some sort of big conspiracy, plot or scheme around the characters waking up. I would even take aliens or an evil person on the Avalon ship waking people up.
But no. It was a lot more simple than that. At the end of the day it was human selfishness that was the bad guy. At least one of them.
You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be, that you forget to make the most of where you are.
That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. Being the only 2 people awake on the ship, J.Law and Christ Pratt (with guest appearances from Arthur the robot, played by Michael Sheen), it was possibly going to be incredibly boring with literally only 2-3 cast members. But somehow it wasn’t. Despite Pratt and Lawrence being the only 2 people that tell the story, it was done incredibly well. You never got sick of them, or their adventures on the ship. Arthur provided a bit of comedy, and added to the minimal casting.
Like always, Pratt and Lawrence’s performances were fantastic, and I always enjoy seeing them on screen. A sudden and short appearance from Laurence Fishburne was really random, and it was one of the only things that I thought was a bit weird. It was like they needed someone to explain what was happening, and how to fix it, so they just woke someone else up who happened to know the ship really well. It was a slight cop-opt I felt, and could have possibly been written in better.
If you’re after a sci-fi film that looks at things like what it means to be human, have companionship and relationships, be alone, but also save the world, then Passengers is definitely a great movie to check out.
Have you seen Passengers? What did you think? Without giving anything away for others, was it what you expected?