Passengers (Movie Review)

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.

Travelling through space to the colony planet, Homestead II, two passengers awaken from induced hibernation when their ship malfunctions… 90 years too soon. Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) are left to face the reality of living rest of their lives on board with only bartender android Author (Martin Sheen) for company. They soon realise that the ship is in grave danger and with the lives of over 5,000 sleeping passengers and crew at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

Well, this film was a lot better than I expected!

I’m not sure why, but the entire vibe I got from the trailers kind of put me off. I think it might mostly stem from the fact that I’m not Jennifer Lawrence’s biggest fan, that’s right I’m still salty about her refusing to wear the make up for Mystique enough in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Another reason might be that the vibe the trailer gives off, isn’t necessarily the same one the film itself has. If you’re expecting the film to be space disaster flick and nothing more, like the trailers suggest then you might be disappointed. Or like me, pleasantly surprised. I mean sure the final third is them trying to save the ship, but the rest of the movie is a character driven story and I really enjoyed it.

There’s a big moral dilemma at the centre of this film, that isn’t even hinted at in the advertising campaign. Yet it makes the entire film so much more interesting. I do wish that they’d delved slightly deeper with the whole thing both before and after ‘the decision’. I think they could have gone for something really tense and complex. Even if it was just showing me more of how lonely the characters were. In the end though Passengers is still for the most part a romance story, in space, and everything get’s swept under the rug when push comes to shove.

The film is also absolutely gorgeous. Everything about it is so crisp and the exterior shots are fantastic. The sound track is great too, subtle but atmospheric.

I thought that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt did really well here. They had an excellent chemistry between each other and are a very stable foundation for the film. The star of the show though is Martin Sheen, the aforementioned android bartender. He is simply brilliant and steals, I’m not joking, every scene he is in. It was great.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone, it’s really quite good.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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