Passengers Review

Genre: Science fiction, fantasy

Remember when all the gossip channels showed us how Chris Pratt kept cropping Jennifer Lawrence out of his pictures? Well, you have the newest Columbia Pictures production, Passengers, to thank for that.

Yes, it was hilarious to see the photos of poor Jennifer only being in a fracture of each frame, but the movie they have been part of together has a different tone.

KIND-OF SPOILERS AHEAD

5,000 sleeping humans suspended in animation are aboard the Avalon spaceship on their way to planet Homestead II, a journey that will last 125 years. Unfortunately, there is a malfunction in one of the pods, which causes passenger Jim Preston to wake up 90 years too early. Realising he can’t go back to sleep nor contact the organization running the Avalon, he gets lost in his grief and despair. After an entire year of loneliness, he acts against his conscious and wakes beautiful passenger Aurora Lane out of hibernation, knowing she will not be able to go back to sleep. After multiple malfunctions occur on the ship (glitching screens, broken robots, change in gravity, etc…) they realize the ship is slowly failing. They then have to find a way to fix the ship and save the other 4,998 passengers.

THE KIND-OF SPOILERS ARE OVER

I enjoyed the movie, but there were a few things that just made me think again. The effects were pretty impressive, but let’s not forget that the movie only had 3 actors actually appearing on the screen. However, the cast wasn’t my problem, it was more about the story. A year into Preston’s depression, he stumbles across a hibernation pod holding a beautiful sleeping woman, Aurora (does anyone else think it’s kind of ironic how that was also Sleeping Beauty’s name and she too was awoken from her sleep?). Drunk, Jim goes through her personal files and watches her interview videos, which cheers him up a bit.

First of all, that is extremely and undeniably creepy. Not only is that weird, it’s what causes him to wake her up. What I’m trying to say is the fact that Jim not only stalked, but basically took Aurora’s life is a deal breaker. It’s just unbelievable, and although he makes up for it by being a selfless hero by the end of the movie, I just couldn’t forgive what he did.

However, that was one of the very few things I didn’t like about the movie, there were definitely elements that make it a good one. For example, the acting. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was brilliant! She acted her heart out, and the heartbreak really seemed believable. But Lawrence wasn’t the only one who gave an impressive performance! Pratt’s acting was pretty admirable, especially when he was going through the “depression”. Another thing I loved was how cute the two were together! Not only did they project their character’s negative emotions well, but they also really got into the love scenes.

In conclusion, this is a pretty good movie that I would recommend to see. You may like it, you may not, but I definitely enjoyed it. I suggest you watch this film before they stop playing it in Bangkok, because although it wasn’t perfect, it was still a remarkably great movie.

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