Movie Review – Passengers (2016)
On a 120-year voyage to another planet with the purposes of colonization, the colonists are all in cryonic sleep. However, when Jim Preston accidentally wakes up 30 years into the voyage, and can’t get back to sleep, he is faced with the prospect of being alone on the ship for the rest of his life as it continues on its journey through space. Not wanting to face that, he wakes up another colonist, Aurora Lane, so he has someone to be with. He decides not to tell Lane that he woke her, as they grow closer. But can he keep the secret?
Furthermore, when they realize there is something seriously wrong with the ship, they must find a way to save the ship, and all life on board.
This film definitely had some potential, and there were some great things going for it. The visual effects in space and in the ship were fantastic, and a great visual treat to watch. Furthermore, the main actors of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence do a great job in their roles, and have great chemistry together.
However, although there was potential for the plot of this film, there were some major problems with the film in its execution of the story.
First, although the film did try to bring up the issues and moral concerns of Pratt’s character waking up Lawrence’s character early, it didn’t go far enough to push the envelope on this and really question this. What is the outcome or punishment for Preston of making this very serious decision against another person when he brought Lane out of cryostasis? It seems this gets forgotten and does not have the level of serious impact it should have had, in favour of a happier ending for everyone.
Secondly, rather than focus on some of the bigger issues that do come up at times, such as the major problem on the ship, the need to get out of serious trouble, more interaction with the crew which would have added additional characters into the film, the focus really was on the romantic relationship and then fighting with Preston and Lane, which felt like an unnecessary focus given where the plot could have gone.
Overall, although there was potential for this film given the star power of the two main characters, instead it did feel like a bit of a let down when all was said and done.
Overall: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.