Movie Review: Passengers (2016)
Rating: PG-13 // Length: 1 h 56min
Directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne.
*This review will be simple and to the point, no fancy critiques. I watched it by myself, so this is just a solo mission – Jamal has not seen it yet! [Jamal, if you’re reading this – WATCH IT ALREADY]
Okay, so we’re introduced to the starship, Avalon, right off the bat. It’s massive and glorious and traveling to a planet called ‘Homestead II’, which literally takes 120 years to get to. [Just like my commute to work]. There are thousands of people on board in hibernation pods, waiting to be woken up on arrival day. We see an asteroid hit the Avalon, which really messes sh*t up. This happens only 30 years into the journey and causes a pod to malfunction. Enter Chris Pratt’s character, Jim Preston. He wakes up 90 years too early. [Nobody else is awake]. After failed attempts at fixing his pod and breaking into the command room to seek help, Jim settles into isolation. He does have the company of an android/bartender [Michael Sheen] but, it’s not enough. At one point he considers suicide. He eventually comes across the pod of Aurora Lane [Jennifer Lawrence], a writer with a sense of humor. Jim, desperate for companionship, wakes Aurora himself. He feigns ignorance and leads her to believe it was another pod malfunction. Aurora and Jim become lovers, enjoying the luxuries of the massive starship all to themselves.
Jim’s secret is kept for a year. Arthur [the android] ruins everything and spills the beans about Jim awakening Aurora. Aurora freaks out and attacks Jim, claiming he stole her life. *Sad face* Jim is back to his isolation, but not for long. Another pod malfunctions, which brings in a Chief Deck Officer, Gus [Laurence Fishburne]. They’re finally able to access the command room and discover the starship is having a system failure. At this point, lots of weird things start happening – gravity loss, fritzy cereal-dispenser, and troubled vacuums. The three of them try to repair as much as they can, but Gus is dying so they have limited time. Eventually Gus gives his access badge to Jim and Aurora so they can continue repairs after he’s gone. They successfully repair the ship; however, Jim almost dies doing so. Aurora ends up saving his life [because she’s madly in love with him] and they reconcile. Later on, Jim figures out that the medical treatment pod onboard can also be used as a hibernation pod. The catch: there’s only room for one – Aurora. Don’t worry – she doesn’t use it. *Happy tears* Jim & Aurora make a life together and leave behind a book of their time spent on the Avalon. 88 years later, everyone else wakes up – safe and sound.
This movie was awesome! I am really not a fan of space odysseys but this one was actually really cool. Lots of intense action and adventure, combined with unique character and plot development, made for a perfect sci-for film. I loved Jim & Aurora’s chemistry and their resilience. You really become attached to them thru their journey and struggle. I do wish they had shown us glimpses of their later life onboard, though. Besides the romance, my favorite part was the actual ship. I loved the design: sleek, hi-tech, modern, and clean. Rent or buy the HD version of this, it’s worth it! The picture is gorgeous. 5 out of 5 STARS!
Let me know if you’ve seen it and what you thought!