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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
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
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.