Aside from the obvious (see our Rogue One blog post) there aren’t a lot of movies scheduled to hit theaters in the next month; that I am excited about. One film that does look fun is passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. I guess I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy / space opera mash up. Is that even a genre? What movies are on your must see list?
I don’t know why I never got around to seeing or reviewing this movie earlier. It wasn’t horrible. It wasn’t great, but it certainly wasn’t the worst movie I’ve seen in recent months. It’s actually been quite a long time since I watched this movie so this will be a vague overview at best.
The basic premise is pretty straight forward. Passengers on a long distance space flight are placed into suspended animation for the duration of the trip. The automated systems take care things like minor course corrections and the Artificial intelligence can wake specific crew members to address bigger problems, if necessary.
Passenger Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is accidentally released from his suspended animation ahead of schedule. realizing he will spend the rest of his life wandering the halls of this enormous ship alone, he wrestles with the notion of waking another passenger. In the course of his solitude Jim has reviewed countless passenger files searching for the perfect companion. He ultimately chooses a smart, beautiful writer by the name of Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence).
I think its actually quite petty that somebody decided to depict a future where we can accomplish interstellar travel, but have poverty and class struggles in a film this light-hearted.
Aurora comes to accept the plight she shares with Jim, things actually go pretty well for the two of them. They get along well and have some fun in the vast halls of the ship. Eventually a romance even begins to develop between them until Aurora learns that Jim woke her on purpose. I don’t remember if Jim slipped or the robot bar-tender casually clued her in after Jim insisted there were no secrets between himself and Aurora. Either way, She was ore than a little angry with him. Some standard “relationship with trust issues” drama ensues until an emergency situation forces them to work together or die a horrible burning space death. You can probably imagine what the remaining portion of the movie is like.
Passengers half heartedly attempts to explore some antiquated issues of privilege and social class. Aurora is a first class passenger and is entitled to a stateroom gourmet meals, but Jim is essentially a Titanic-era “steerage” passenger who only gets basic meals and accommodations. I think its actually quite petty that somebody decided to depict a future where we can accomplish interstellar travel but we still have poverty and class struggles in a film this light-hearted. yeah. I’m pretty salty about that.
After all is said and done, I don’t think you’ll hate yourself for wasting a Saturday afternoon with this movie Which puts Passengers squarely in the Weekend Rewind category of films.