2 April 2018

Passengers

Passengers 2016
  • Director: Morton Tyldum
  • Based on novel: No
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy, The Hunger Games, X-Men Days of Future Past, Winter’s Bone
    • Chris Platt – Wanted
    • Martin Sheen –Far from the Madding Crowd, Frost/Nixon, Blood Diamond, The Queen, Kingdom of Heaven, Bright Young Things, Wilde, Mary Reilly, Othello
    • Laurence Fishburne – Man of Steel, Contagion, Bobby, Akeelah and the Bee, The Matrix Trilogy, Mystic River, Othello, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Bozs n the Hood
  • Why? Jennifer Lawrence, sci fi
  • Seen: 30 March 2018  

A star ship is on its way to a colony planet. Two hundred some crew and five thousand passengers are in hibernation. The autopilot fails to prevent a collision and damage is done.
Jim Preston (Pratt) wakes up and is told by a hologram that everything is OK, the ship will arrive at the planet in four months. But slowly, terrifyingly, he realises he is alone on the enormous ship and he has woken up ninety years too early.
The android bartender Arthur (Sheen) tells him to live it up. Jim moves to a luxury suite, takes part in the offered entertainment, but as the weeks and months go by he turns into an unshaven, long-haired, slovenly, suicidal drunk.
Then he happens upon the hibernation pad of journalist Aurora Lane (Lawrence). He falls in love with her. Against all his moral qualms and struggles with his conscience, he opens her pod, bringing her out of hibernation.
Interesting concept though a bit Adam-and-Eve-y and conventional love story that doesn’t go anywhere. Then the ship starts having mechanical problems, one of the crew members (Fishburne) wakes up and it becomes more interesting.
It’s a handsomely filmed movie but there’s too much he-man, macho-guy-to-the-rescue and little-tearful-lady waiting for him to do it all, saved a bit by her rescuing him towards the end. Fewer clichés and gender stereotypes would have lifted the rating a lot.

3* of 5






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