PASSENGERS (2016) – My rating: 8.5/10

passengersThere’s no doubt in my mind, Jennifer Lawrence will go down as one of the greatest actresses of all time.  She can make a crap script look good.  Not that Passengers is a bad script, it was actually quite good.  She made it look even better.  The story was different and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Over 5,000 people, they call colonists, signed up to journey to a new planet called Homestead II, which is 120 years away.  They are being transported by the Starship Avalon, to start a new life.  That means, new family, new friends, new planet, new rules, new beginning.  What a concept.  In my opinion, that would be nice if you were not bringing the same old you with the same old baggage.  You know the old but true saying, where ever you go, there you are.  Anyway, the technology on this fascinating, well constructed vessel is suppose to be flawless.  Everyone, including the crew, are programmed to stay asleep in hibernation pods for 118 years.  No one is suppose to wake up until the 118th year of the trip.  Of course that’s not what happened, or else there would be no movie.

1 passenger named Jim Preston, (Chris Pratt) due to a malfunction, was awakened after 30 years, which was 88 years too soon (The plan was to awaken everyone 2 years prior to reaching Homestead II).  There are no other active humans (awake) on the vessel to help and any messages you might want to send out will take something like 29 years or more to reach anyone.  Anything could happen under these circumstances, why would anyone want to box themselves into such a corner?  This is just my take on the whole idea.  I’m not sure I see the benefit in this but I’m sure someone might.  I guess if your life is scrap or the world, as you know it, is scrap, you might go for it.  In Passengers, the current world had become over crowded.   The real catch here is that once awakened, you could not be put back to sleep.  So now what?  There are a few things you might do but would these things be feasible, acceptable or even moral?  After a year of isolation, with no company except Arthur (Michael Sheen), an android bartender, Jim, despondent, contemplates suicide. One day he notices beautiful Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) in her pod. Her video profile reveals she is a writer with a humorous personality.  Again, what do you do?

Of course, I’m not going to tell — I will say that I really liked Passengers and I highly recommend that you see it if you haven’t already.  Laurence Fishburne also stars as Chief Gus Mancuso, the chief deck officer and Andy Garcia as Captain Norris but when did they make an appearance since no one else was awake?  Check it out! Passengers is worth seeing.

 

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