Revue of PASSENGERS
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Directed By: Morten Tyldum
On board the Starship Avalon, 5000 passengers are on a trip to colonize a new planet which is 120 years away from earth. All the passengers are kept in a state of suspended animation until their arrival but 2 passengers; Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) are inadvertently awakened 90 years before their due date of arrival. The question now is how do they survive the loooong trip ahead?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the synopsis and the trailer of this movie, was it going to be a brain warping movie like Interstellaror was it going to be more of a documovie like Gravity? Funny enough, it was more like Castaway but set in Space. Okay maybe I am exaggerating a bit but the movie was essentially a love story between two people alone on a space ship with no hope and have resigned to the inevitable.
To summarize the movie in one word, I will say it was courageous. However the courage wasn’t about the movie but by the producers who thought it was a good idea to do a love story set in space. Usually, for these kind of movies we expect to see inter species war but a love story? That’s virgin ground which I am not sure how they planned to execute it and keep audiences glued to the screen for the duration of the movie. The plot was great but execution, not so much.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are great actors but there didn’t seem to be enough chemistry between them to keep the audience enraptured. The crux on the movie was supposed to be the love interest between them and it fell flat on that. Even with the attempt to put a conflict came a little too late at which time we had already lost interest. Conversely, I did enjoy the performance of Michael Sheen whose British wit was a bright patch in an otherwise dreary movie.
I applaud the attempt pf the producers to go against the grain of space set movies however, the movie wasn’t as entertaining as it could have been. However, the CGI was clean and very appealing so the movie earns 5.2/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre.
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