Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Written by: Jon Spaihts
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen; Laurence Fishburne.
A love story set in space.
I saw the spaceship and the fantastic attention to detail (by award winning Guy Hendrix (Inception)) where each part of the ship is designed to take the audience into a place where androids like Arthur (Michael Sheen) tend bar and people are put to sleep for 120 years so they can migrate to a distant planet.
But more than anything, Passengers is a story about journalist Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and mechanic Jim (Chris Pratt), falling in love.
I’m thankful the two lead characters were well-cast and well-beautiful because Passengers is a cheese-fest.
Sci-fi fans will be disappointed with the focus on a love story and I was disappointed because the story was a simple one.
On his way from immigrating from Earth to Homeland II, Jim is woken up from his hibernation 90 years too early.
The film asks the question, What would you do if you were alone in space for the rest of your life?
When Jim meets Aurora, they fall in love (of course). Two people stranded together isn’t so bad when they have each other. Until they realise there’s something critically wrong with the ship.
If bodacious bodies are your thing, Jen and Chris give you an eyeful. And I
really have to find out who the clothing designer is because the outfits and shoes are to die for. See here for interview with designer Jamy Temime. Not that the character, Aurora is happy about being on a floating prison where the destination will never be reached because she’ll be dead by then.
But you can see where I’m going with the description: it’s all about the visual aspect. And the love story. I kept on thinking, what if she gets pregnant?
Although a visually stunning film, Passengers fell flat when the storyline became a run-of-the-mill romance.
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