Cert: 12A Runtime: 116 mins Director: Morten Tyldum Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt & Michael Sheen
A drowning man will always try to drag you down with him
Sony Pictures a studio in turmoil take chance after chance, what do they do with Passengers? Cast two of the most bankable actors in Hollywood right now and chuck them in a sci-fi! Trust me this was the only reason I was intrigued by this picture. What is Passengers about you ask? Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) are destined for life on another planet, but their stasis is suddenly interrupted 90 years before they were due to wake up. Unable to return to their slumber, they’re stuck together on a ship hurtling through the unknown. As they begin to investigate the mystery the two begin to fall for one another – but will they be able to survive the deadly truth about why they woke up in the first place?Passengers had the potential to be a relevant piece of the modern revamp of the sci-fi genre would it commit to a single approach to the premise, instead of a diverse crowd pleaser.
The film never quite decides what it is or what it wants to be because evidently more time was spent on fancying up the production values rather than covering up Spaiths’ plot holes. Kubrick references everywhere people (not that much but it’s there)! Overall Passengers wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. It’s not phenomenal by any means but it’s a decent movie. Don’t go into this film expecting some sharp twists and turns, it’s very straight forward. Plot wise it was fine, slightly predictable but adequate. Morten Tyldum gave the film no great spark it felt like a pay cheque job for him, he served his purpose. What actually worked for me was Pratt & Lawrence they seemed to of held the film rather well. They had good chemistry, Pratt was very tame and Lawrence wasn’t as OTT as she normally is. Something of note here is the hype leading up to this movie, interestingly discussing the mild sex scene between the characters. For those of you expecting to perv over the beautiful JLaw, you might be disappointed. Just tell yourself it’s a 12A, how saucy can it be? But you’re not going to watch it for that are you? Right?