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.
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.