Passengers

Passengers

(2016)

There is a reason they woke up.

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence must save themselves, their ship and its 5000 passengers stuck sleeping in suspended animation in this sci-fi drama.... More

Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) are two passengers sleeping in suspended animation aboard a ship bound for a new home. But when their craft malfunctions, they are awakened 90 years too early and must face living the rest of their lives on board. They begin to fall for each other, but when they learn that their ship is in serious danger, they must rush to save themselves and the other 5000 people sleeping on board.Hide

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The marketing for Passengers implied some sort of mystery: while en route to a far flung planet at some point in the future, why do Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence wake up from their cryo-sleep 90 years too soon?... More

That mystery is actually solved very early on: basically Pratt’s cryo-pod malfunctions, and then he gets horny. Which is so morally repugnant the marketing department quite rightly realised no one would turn up to see their big budget sci-fi flick if they knew it revolved around Chris Pratt being a creep.

The movie doesn’t seem to understand he’s a creep though, and a potentially thorny premise becomes fuel for another movie where a male character makes a lousy decision and is then rewarded for it. The narrative increasingly resembles spaghetti as the filmmakers try to navigate Pratt’s character towards a happy ending, when he clearly doesn’t deserve one.

There are surface pleasures to be had: Pratt and Lawrence are pleasant company at the worst of times, the SFX are well integrated and the design is slick. But the heart of the movie is completely hollow, and it keeps asking us to care about characters who are just cogs in a weirdly amoral plot machine.

Throw in a few jarring cameos and a godawful Imagine Dragons song, and you have Passengers, a terrible waste of two charming leads (and 3 great actors in supporting roles) in a movie that is at best confused, and at worst hates women.Hide


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BY 3imma nobody

I was quite looking forward to this movie, the trailer looked good but it really just fell short. What seemed like a Martian ish type story it really just couldn't get it together, treading water for over half of the film then a blip of action. Reasonable SFX but I came away disappointed.


BY Coraliee superstar

We quite enjoyed this movie although I was reminded of Matt Damon's Marshan at times, with the whole lost in space idea and struggling to survive millions of light years away from earth. None the less, it was different and husband & I thought it was worth at least 4 stars.


BY alex128 lister

It seems that every critic is jumping on the same bandwagon here and that is the overly-sensitive one.
Most have focused on the plot point that brings the two leads together, calling it creepy, leery and morally inept.
What they haven't done is had a good healthy introspective look and consider what they might have done in Chris Pratt's character, Jim's situation. Instead I chose to focus on the key message, which was that human being cannot survive alone - we can only thrive with some sort of... More real human connection. An android simply won't cut it. As Michael Sheen's excellent android says to Jim - "These aren't really robot questions".

Though Chris and Jen are at the lead of Passengers, this really is Chris Pratt's movie. He can definitely cut it as a bonafide star in my opinion. We spend a lot of time with him and while that to me is the strong part of the film, it means we don't have quite enough time to with the couple when they are together, which may be where the film suffers. We aren't as attached to their relationship as we are to Rose and Jack in Titanic...given that is the comparison that has been mentioned by others.

Still thoroughly enjoyable, especially when you have two great leads and the always great Michael Sheen to hitch things up.Hide


BY cinemusefilm superstar

The term mashup is not usually a compliment. It means mixing different genres in a way that looks interesting, gets a laugh, or makes a mess. It is unlikely the sci-fi rom-com melodrama Passengers (2016) intended to be a mashup but that is the result. If it stayed on-track as sci-fi, all the ingredients are present for an outstanding film but box-office considerations require a love story with a moral dilemma so the film ends up a mess.
We are aboard an intergalactic spacecraft for a 120-year... More voyage as part of a commercial outer-world migration venture. The ship’s set and digital effects are some of the best seen on film in years, conveying an enormity of scale and futuristic design that is mesmerising. Five thousand volunteers are ensconced in hibernation pods en route to capitalism’s version of eternal paradise when one traveller, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is accidently awoken 90 years too soon. Travelling through space with every conceivable luxury at your fingertips, worry-free for the rest of your life, sounds appealing but the problem is that he gets lonely and conversation is very limited with an android bartender. After a year of flying solo he is on the verge of flushing himself into the cosmos, when suddenly he becomes obsessed with sleeping beauty Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) and believes he has found true love.
Of course true love is never that simple. He first must grapple with the moral horrors of his predicament: does let her sleep in peace for another 90 years so she can live in paradise with the 4,998 other passengers or does he do what the male species has been known to do sometimes and wake her up for some fun. The film trailers make the answer obvious, but when Aurora finds out that Jim was being selfish, she throws a galactic hissy-fit and the film turns into a domestic melodrama with more flashing stars than outer space. She refuses his every advance until the spaceship’s gizmos turn wobbly. Forget feminism: a girl needs a guy when things get tough…but let’s not go there.
All the potential evident in the early part of the film is frittered away in a silly ‘romance on the rocks’ space opera, where it becomes a philosophical debate on which gender is capable of the greater quantum of selfishness. Pratt and Lawrence are really quite watchable in spite of the script, the filming is very entertaining, and the whole love scenario would have been interesting in someone’s earthly kitchen but not on the most advanced galactic odyssey ever undertaken. But if you enjoy turbulent romance in unusual places this is your film.Hide


BY PeterS lister

For a movie like this to work, there needs to be some stronger, ongoing sense of suspense ... and really all the tension that came through in the last act needed to be in greater evidence throughout the whole story.

An okay light hearted romantic romp, but I think the movie aspired to be more than that; to be more dramatic.

Solid performances, especially by Michael Sheen; indeed, I think his was the best performance.


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The Press Reviews

  • Titanic amongst the stars — this is a touching, heartfelt tale of loss and love for the Gravity generation. Full Review

  • As sci-fi, it feels like a professionally produced hybrid that lacks its own identity. As a romance, it never fully earns your investment. Full Review

  • There’s only one place for Passengers to go, and once it gets there, Jon Spaihts’s script runs out of gas. Full Review

  • Its heavy-handed mix of life-or-death exigencies and feel-good bromides finally feels like a case of more being less. Full Review

  • Is so anodyne, so frightened of the ethically troubling opportunities inherent in the setup that it just ends up feeling forgettable and silly. Full Review

  • "Passengers" increasingly succumbs to timidity and begins shrinking into a bland science-fiction adventure whose feats of daring and skill feel stale and secondhand. Full Review

  • Sweet but inconsequential at its best, overly contrived at most other times, "Passengers" takes too long to get to its too inevitable plot points to truly entertain. Full Review

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