Passengers is a terrific Sci-Fi movie, but you may hate the ending and despise one character you are supposed to like. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are wonderful together, but the writer Jon Spaihts took the easy path at every turn. As you can see, we are trying to review Passengers without spoiling it, which is difficult to achieve. We liked Passengers, and it is definitely worth seeing on the big screen to get the full impact of the scenes in outer space.
In Passengers, the spaceship Avalon is taking a 120 year journey to another world (Homestead II). There are 5,000 passengers and 250 crew members in suspended animation. After a malfunction, Chris Pratt (Jim) comes out of hibernation. Once year later Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) is also awake. There is no way to go back into suspended animation and the ship will not arrive that the new planet for another 80 years.
For the year that Chris is the only one awake on the huge space ship he spends half his time trying to figure out how to get back into hibernation and the rest of the time trying to keep busy to not go insane. His only companion is a bar-tending robot named Arthur (Michael Sheen) This part of the film has some very funny scenes, reminiscent of the T.V. show The Last Man On Earth, complete with Jim growing a ridiculous beard.
When Aurora is awakened, Passengers becomes a sort of Adam and Eve love story. Of course, it is very convenient that the only two people awake are probably the two best looking people on the entire ship. Still, it does have romantic quality. Jim and Aurora take advantage of all the ship has to offer, from lavish meals served by robots, to spacewalks outside the ship.
However, the spaceship continues to deteriorate and a crew member also wakes up. Gus (Lawrence Fishburn) is a technical chief and diagnoses how quickly the ship is dying and what must be done to save it.
This is where we must stop so as to not ruin the movie. Passengers does have many astoundingly good scenes the make it worth going to see. At one point Aurora is swimming in a pool when the artificial gravity fails. She suddenly finds herself trapped and drowning in the center of a floating ball of water.
The acting is great and despite being a big budget Sci-Fi film, it really only has four characters. This allows for in depth character development. There is also very obvious on-screen chemistry between Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. They are excellent as a couple in love.
However, there is a very disturbing moral choice made by one of the characters, and the ending is also unsatisfying. We wish that the writer, Jon Spaihts, had taken more risks instead of going so “Hollywood” . The initial concept is great, but then he takes too many shortcuts.
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- We give Passengers Three Stars ***
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