There are no epic life-changing stories to be learned from passengers. The characters fail to take-off and the script and storyline play it far too safe which ultimately results in this movie being a predictable and lack-lustre space affair which I won't be revisiting.
The Last Jedi has 92 tomatometer. It is a cinematic disaster with a plot full of holes. It disrespects and purposely destroys everything built in the previous installments of the saga and operates the most evident and painful character assassination in the history of Cinema, but hey, it has a token ugly fat asian girl, a token black man, a token purple haired lesbian and a scene which is basically a lecture on animal cruelty, so the critics CAN NOT give it the low tomatometer (10 in my opinion) it deserves.
Movie critics today works this way. As a director you have to spend all of your time ticking ethnic/sexual/minority checkboxes. The story is not important. Character development is not important. Special effects and photography will suffice to appease the damaged brains of critics paid by the majors.
Passengers is a very good movie, with a well structured plot, with good enough character exploration and development. Plus it has a very good photography and editing. Had it some token ethnic/minority character, it would easily get more than 90 tomatometer.
Shame on you, critics.
It has received some hostile reviews because the film creates empathy for the protagonist (Chris Pratt's Jim), who makes a terrible decision which basically sentences Jennifer Lawrence's character (Aurora) to live the rest of her life trapped on a spacecraft. However, drama has traditionally focused on heroes who make a disastrous decision or commit a terrible act and then have to suffer the consequences. Pratt does get a chance to redeem himself, which is what we the audience are expecting and the film does play with our expectations of whether he will pay with his life. Maybe if the film had explored the theme of forgiveness, it could have gained some emotional heft, and appeased those critics who were appalled by the film's premise.
The film has many positives. Great casting and chemistry between the actors. Stunning set design and cinematography. Passengers is never less than entertaining.
Perhaps other, better, sci-fi films, such as 'The Martian' and 'Arrival' stole its thunder at the box office, but 'Passengers' is still a film worth paying to see. Recommended.
I missed the film in the theatres, but caught it On Demand.
From an enjoyment point of view, it was well designed, filmed, directed and most importantly acted. It was completely enjoyable.
I was shocked after watching to see the low critic score.
I wonder if people went into the film with high expecations for some other type of film, or if the trailers portrayed it as more of an action film, than a thoughtful personal journey,
filled with a review of the moral implictions of our wishes and actions.
Recommendation - watch the film for what it is. The acting is superb! It's visually stunning and it will leave you with much to think about for the following days.