The Starship Avalon is in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the Homestead 2, transporting over 5,000 people, while 36 into its voyage the Starship Avalon experience a malfunction. As a result, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) are awoken 90 years too soon. Can they go back to sleep? Or will they be doomed to spend the next 90 years traveling to Homestead 2 but never see it.(1)
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Chris Pratt's portrayal of the down-to-earth engineer Jim is captivating, and when you add in the impressive performance by Michael Sheen as an android then you in for one entertaining movie. Once Jennifer Lawrence's charismatic performance, as the ambitious journalistic writer Aurora Lane, the movie reaches another level of immersion. Lawrence is a talented actress and her emotional range is amazing; the raw emotion and feelings that she portrays make the experience that much more real. Pratt is also an incredible actor, I loved him in Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy. And while he still has some funny moments in Passengers, we get to see more raw emotion from him as well. How would your core human instincts play out on a spaceflight during a long-term dramatic situation with uncertain outcomes for both awake and hibernated passengers? The excellent acting performances in this movie give me insight on the physical and emotional struggle I might face if I were experiencing the same moral dilemmas as Jim and Aurora.
The romance between Jim and Aurora is really kind of interesting because while there is a romantic chemistry between them, there is also a friendship-relationship; they are new best friends having fun and at the same time helping each other cope with the reality they now live in. This creates a real relationship between Jim and Aurora, and they suit each other very nicely. And since this movie has such a small cast it needs actors who can deliver but besides the Pratt and Lawrence’s mesmerizing chemistry the scenarios they face are very realistic and within the context of the story – even by our pre-futuristic spaceflight standards. This allowed for the audience to deeply identify with the individual plights of the main protagonists, and thus give reason to fully root for them as they try to find some form of a positive outcome in their increasingly negative situation.
Now, I won't spoil the movie by revealing what the surprising twists and turns are that make Passengers unique and so fascinating to watch but I will say this. During the movie, viewers will begin to think about how dangerous it would if they had to experience the situations being portrayed, and the best part is that you have no idea how it's going to end up. However, I do have two critiques about the film and both have to do with the plot story. The plot was amazing and original, however, at one or two points the story felt a bit rushed. And while the ending was not expected, it did leave a bit of confusion for what happened within a certain time frame.
Overall, Passengers is an outstanding movie for its original story, incredible production design, great thought-provoking directing, mesmerizing performances from the actors, and breathtakingly realistic visual effects that are based on genuine scientific theories; imparting a feeling that everything seen is potentially possible in the near future.
“You can't get so hung up on where you'd rather be, that you forget to make the most of where you are.”
Worth Seeing: 4.8 of 5 stars
Worth Buying: 4.8 of 5 stars
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Cast & Crew
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Writing Credits: Jon Spaihts
Greg Basser --- executive producer
Greg Baxter --- co-producer
Bruce Berman --- executive producer
Ben Browning --- executive producer
Stephen Hamel --- producer
David B. Householter --- executive producer
Michael Maher --- producer (produced by)
Ori Marmur --- producer (produced by)
Neal H. Moritz --- producer (produced by)
Jon Spaihts --- executive producer
Lynwood Spinks --- executive producer
Ben Waisbren --- executive producer
Jennifer Lawrence --- Aurora Lane
Chris Pratt --- Jim Preston
Michael Sheen --- Arthur
Laurence Fishburne --- Gus Mancuso
Andy Garcia --- Captain Norris
Vince Foster --- Executive Officer
Kara Flowers --- Communications Officer
Conor Brophy --- Crew Member
Julee Cerda --- Instructor (Hologram)
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