Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora) and Chris Pratt (Jim) star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.
What We Thought:
I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting much from Passengers because I love Chris Pratt. I’ve been a fan since his days on The OC. I don’t mind Jennifer Lawrence as an actress and I love science fiction, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting much. Some early reviews and comments tore it down, but you know what? I liked it a lot.
The film is far from genre changing and it has a love story, but it’s still science fiction. The set design and production quality are through the roof. The ship and the living quarters look fantastic.
The first half of the film reminded me of The Martian which I also liked. It’s similar in tone with some comedic relief as the characters try to grasp what’s happening to them and try to figure out how to survive and fix the issues. Chris Pratt is a naturally funny guy so there’s some funny moments especially with Michael Sheen’s character.
As the expected love story develops, the issues with the ship get worse and there’s some great sequences and science fiction elements in it. The swimming pool scene which you can see in the trailer is very cool.
I know why some critics are crushing the movie, but if I explained why, then I’d ruin the difference in the pods opening. To me, their beef with the film is typical PC, social justice warrior nonsense. It’s a movie, get off your soapbox. Things work out in the end and if the pods didn’t open the way they did, everyone would be dead. Suck it up buttercup.
Passengers is a solid movie. It doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. I didn’t love the ending, but you can see why they went that way. I liked it way more than Gravity and Arrival and would watch it a thousand times more than those movies. Chris Pratt has that proverbial “it” factor and is perfect on the big screen. He has believable chemistry with Jen Lawrence and I just liked the film. If you are fans of either, you’ll like it.
Cast & Crew:
- Chris Pratt
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Michael Sheen
- Laurence Fishburne
Recommended If You Like:
- The Martian
- Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence