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½ September 19, 2017
A small malfunction within one of the hibernation pods conveniently automatically wakes up mechanical engineer, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) several years early while it's star ship is heading toward the direction of the earth. And after awhile of being lonely, he purposely wakes up a girl (Jennifer Lawrence) he became infatuated to prevent him from losing his mind. It's basically a combination of "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Moon", "Silent Running" Dark Star" to Wall E among other movies.
½ September 19, 2017
Good movie, very entertaining although the trailers surely caused many people to dislike the movie. STAY AWAY FROM ALL TRAILERS FOLKS
September 18, 2017
Sci Fi about a guy who wakes up from hibernation and realizes that he's all alone on the ship. Very well acted by Jennifer and Chris Pratt. I enjoyed the story a lot. But the directing was terrible. Many scenes that were predictable and could have been done better. Still, I didn't hate it.
½ September 18, 2017
Passengers opens strongly with an intriguing premise, a good cast and a difficult underlying moral quandary. By the last act, however, the film seems content to leave this potential by the sidelines in favor of pointless spectacle and an overly tidy conclusion.
½ September 18, 2017
"Passengers" was one of my favourite movies of 2016. When I say that a lot of people look at me like what? Given its low critical response. But don't be fooled because this film is easily one of the best space sci-fi movies to date. The Plot to "Passengers" is (Contains Spoilers) The Starship Avalon hurdling through space at 50% the speed of light carries 5000 Passengers to a distant colonial planet named Homestead 2 on a 120 journey. After a malfunction with the ship a pod is triggered and wakes up one its passengers, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) 90 years to soon. After many attempts to try to get back to sleep he realises its useless and then spirals into a deep state of depression which leads him to wake up another passenger for some company, Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence). Jim and Aurora then fall in love without her knowing his deepest secret. The ship starts having major issues and Jim and Aurora are the only ones who can save it. Risking there lives and the lives of the 5000 other passengers.

I found the directing in this film by "Morten Tyldum" to be super smooth and by watching the film you can tell he knows what he wants this film to turn out like, with the characters, the storyline everything. Next one of the best parts of the film is easily the Acting. Especially "Jennifer Lawrence". The way she portrays her character, Aurora is shocking even for her skills. She makes the character seem so likeable and real you really get to feel the true depth of her character. "Chris Pratt" also did an exceptional job as Jim Preston and shows that he does have range outside of comedy. The characters in this film are surprisingly likeable even after seeing the horrible act Jim Preston did. Aurora Lane is defiantly the most likeable in the film but also the Bartender Arthur played by "Michael Sheen" is extremely likable as well. There is also major character development with Jim and Aurora explaining their past as well as why they booked a ticket on the Avalon. The Screenplay written by "Jon Spaits" was put #1 on the blacklist which is a list of the best unproduced scripts that need to be produced. The script was amazing, every single line that was said didn't sound cheesy or scripted it sounded natural and the way he wrote it so it conveyed months and months of time without making it bearing at any point was amazing.

One of the best parts of the film is the (Oscar nominated) Scored composed by Thomas Newman. Every single tune in the score worked perfectly with the film and made you think you where experiencing this with the characters emotionally. Anther amazing part of "Passengers" is the (Oscar Nominated) Production Design. Especially the Avalon itself. The interior of the ship actually felt like it was a futuristic starship but also felt super realistic. The exterior is even more breathtaking, making the Avalon one of the best looking starships in any Space Sci-fi film. Yes, it even beats Interstellar. The Films budget was $110 million which is quite low for a film mainly set in space. But the visuals look like the budget was over $200 Million. Every single shot of the exterior of the ship was breathtaking with the stars and there is one scene where Aurora is in the pool and the ship looses gravity and there is water bubbles everywhere and its truly amazing that anyone could make it look that good. If I had to state an issue I had with the film it would have to be its editing choices and it's generic action sequences. There are a couple of scenes that are just slapped together without any explanation of how the character got there. Even if they just got the character to walk a couple of steps to show that they are leaving the destination and going to a different place in the ship it would have made the editing better and easier. With the action sequences, especially the last one, they all seem to familiar as they are pretty un-original and nothing new for galactic action.

Overall "Passengers" is one of the best Space Sci-fi films with smooth directing, exception acting from "Jennifer Lawrence" and "Chris Pratt", surprisingly extremely likeable characters, an exceptional screenplay, an amazing score and shocking visual effects and production design. But it does have a couple of editing errors and some generic Hollywood action sequences. I give 2016's "Passengers" a 8.5/10.
½ September 17, 2017
Too predicable but the effects make the film
September 17, 2017
Enjoyable sci fi escapism.
September 15, 2017
really enjoyed this movie
½ September 15, 2017
This met my high expectations. I enjoyed the story and acting.
September 14, 2017
This movie was a little underrated by some critics in my opinion. It was an engaging film with interesting character choices and outcomes. Yes, there are convenient moral redemptions, but the film does set this up from the very beginning. You'll know what I mean if you see it. This movie features a very small cast of interesting to watch actors, fun sci-fi elements and successfully delivered themes of despair, ultimate disappointment and redemption. It's in the "Life is Beautiful" vein of let's make the best of things, though much more light-hearted. IMHO the only massive gaff comes during the last 1 minuet where the director cheesily & unnecessarily wraps with a goofy, out of context one-liner & embarrassingly hokey end credits song.
September 13, 2017
Better than expected
September 13, 2017
Evocative concept but with an empty resolution that tries to please cheaply.
½ September 13, 2017
It seemed like a can't miss film. A sci-fi drama starring two BIG stars of the moment, from the Oscar-nominated director of "The Imitation Game." It looks great. It sounds great. But it's oddly dull. The central conceit of the film is a little off-putting. And it feels long, especially in the beginning. This isn't a bad film, per se, but it should've worked better than it did.
September 13, 2017
More of a Teenage boys or sad old man's fantasy than a serious or entertaining Sci-Fi movie. Hard not to notice he wakes the prettiest girl on the Ship.. 1 star for the effects & excellent performance by Michael Sheen.
½ September 13, 2017
Far Far Away From a Good Movie

I imagine the studio was excited by the idea of tow of its most attractive stars, Pratt and Lawrence, appearing in a two handed romance in outer space. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, just about everything. Firstly, we had 30 minutes of Pratt alone - wandering around a huge spaceship awoken 90 years too soon. Then, the ridiculous romance - he wakes up J Law cause he is lonely. Such dreadful dialogue and chemical lapses that you would not believe. Then the dramatic gear change into thriller, with the usual bug eyed ending. This is a film that does not know what it is - a meditation on loneliness, a romantic adventure or a crazed space thriller - so it is all three and therefore, none of the above. Its funny how it is less than all of its parts by a mile.

One thing is clear - it is an old fashioned tale of a man who selflessly saves the day, with the ungrateful and helpless female character who, in this PC age, has to save him too - that makes the skin crawl. Too bad - I like both actors and the film looks great. But rubbish, in the end.
September 12, 2017
It was an entertaining movie with two great actors and a good sound track.
September 12, 2017
This was a great idea for a sci-fi film with a morally dubious discussion point at its core. However, what the film actually turned out to be was a couple of hours of watching a couple of really good looking people get lost in space. The 2 passengers of the story are both in hibernation pods enjoying a 120 year sleep as their ship transports them and 100's of other passengers to a new colony planet. Something goes wrong, Chris Pratt wakes up 90 years early and is faced with the daunting prospect of living out the rest of his life alone on a spaceship. After only 12 months of loneliness he takes the morally dubious decision to also wake up Jennifer Lawrence early. Chaos ensues, people stay beautiful, the end. A great looking film but a missed opportunity regarding storytelling.
September 11, 2017
Solid visual design.
September 11, 2017
All in all ok, but if one thinks about it it becomes depressing.
½ September 11, 2017
Very blah, it exposes Chris Pratt's limited acting range.
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