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Directed by Morten Tyldum in 2016, this Amercian SF drama depicts the struggle of two people who, awakened ninety years too early from an induced hibernation, save a malfunctioned spaceship that transports thousands of passengers, travelling to a distant colony planet.
Although the special effects appear great, the first half of the story seems tedious and too slow-paced and the storyline turns out too simple and predictable with no turns nor twists.
Interesting movie and concept. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt have great chemistry on-screen. Enjoyable film.
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I've always believed that true science fiction creates
universes that allows us to examine those deepest
questions ranging from the ultimate challenges &
philosophies mankind faces, all the way down to the
most basic personal interactions in human relations.
That is not to say there cannot be entertainment in
rocket sleds or laser pistols. True science fiction,
however, makes you think "what if ?" or "would I ?".
Passengers, a good & entertaining film, I hope is the
start of a return to this most neglected & needed film genre.
This retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story is a delight. Watch this film with friends.
Like most good movies, it is the relationships and human condition that make it worth watching.
Catness and that Chris guy stuck on a spaceship heading to a destination in the far future. A malfunction wakes them early and Adam and Eve story begins kinda. Luckily the spaceship accidently wakes up Cowboy Curtis too as he has the authority to access everything they need to survive. Beautifully filmed and cast. Engaging love story.
A romance, love/hate story aboard a spaceship headed for a distant galaxy and planet. The first half of movie moved much too slow, remaking the Robinson Crusoe role. Even after he awakens Aurora, watching them dine and dance, etc. took much too long. Being the mechanical engineer that he is, he swings a great sledgehammer to fix things. Not the most practical scientific problem-solving methods seen in this movie. Too many things assumed in the operation of the ship and expecting the automation would never break down. Gave a great opportunity for the stars of the film to come to the rescue. With 5200+ passengers and crew unreal that the medical department had only 1 autodoc bed to care for all these folks, with 4 months of travel expected after they were awakened.
Beautiful visuals and CGI. All in all, glad I didn't pay big bucks to see this in theatre, but watched on DVD from library. Worth the time spent watching, however. Better than a lot of TV fare available.
Huh. I guess I'm not TOTALLY surprised to see such division in the responses. I imagine a big part of the backlash was due to expectations. With those 2 leads and with the flashy trailers, people likely expected an action movie. It's not. An introspective, occasionally quite dark, occasionally quite philosophical --and often deeply psychological-- drama about isolation, mortality, and how far someone may go if trapped in a desperate situation for too long. Once I accepted the sort of movie I was watching, I was quite impressed at how they handled it. I found it thought-provoking, and I felt deeply for each character's plight (such as the guy who gets a medical checkup and learns he is dying about a hundred different ways at once). I don't think this movie deserves most of the negative criticism. But I do think the people who MARKETED this movie blundered terribly by promising a very different kind of film.
Well. That was cute. Not sure I’m a fan of Chris Pratt or Jennifer Lawrence. Do they make movies like this to further actors careers or is there a story to tell? Why can’t Hollywood figure out, like HOB, Netflix, Amazon, etc. that “stars” are not necessary for excellent shows. Look at Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Kings, etc. Many solid, unknown actors add to the story telling without getting caught up in who they are. Don’t need any more Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Emma Stone, Robert Downey Jr., Dwayne Johnson, Scarlett Johansen, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, and on and on, to make great film.
Anyway, a repeat story told in space. Liked the visuals. Lucky you don’t need the crew or a science background to fix or understand how a humongous space ship works. You just need a couple of hotties to figure it out. Good to know.
It wasn't the best movie I've ever seen. Maybe 5 to 10 minutes of it had interesting parts. If I had 3 thumbs, 2 would be down and the third would be waffling.
Passengers is a sci-fi movie about two passengers that are sleeping in a pod and wake up 90 years too early when their ship to the other world malfunctions. They are the only two awake and spend time together which eventually leads them to develop feelings for each other. Jim and Aurora have everything they could ever wish for in the ship and everything is provided, but they discover that the ship is in danger and they have to save 5,000 lives and they are the only ones to do that. I rate this movie 4 out of 5. @BirdieBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This drama/science-fiction film combines classic Hollywood stories with a typical forbidden romance. While flying through space, Aurora and Jim wake up decades too early and find themselves alone on the ship full of thousands of sleeping people. This leads to them falling in love (like any other time that a man and a woman are left alone according to movies) until they realize that the ship is in danger. I personally found the movie to be very dramatic which took away from what it could have been. I was disappointed in this film given the reputations that the leading actors Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt have, and found their performances to be unusually lackluster. I would rate this movie a generous 2.5/5 stars. @THe_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I enjoyed the movie. It was much better than I was expecting. Had my full attention. Jennifer Lawrence is always good. A nice love story in space.
Wow, Amazing. Stunning visuals and a script that flows from start to finish. One of the best science fiction movies ever made. Five stars.
I enjoyed this futurist, creative spaceship science fiction story. Good acting of Jennifer Lawrence. Worthwhile to take time to watch.
Spaceship = (earth) our bodies , dying , unpredictable, stranded in them, alone..
Main charachter is awakened by the ship (higher power) to help solve the damage and problems, (he is a mechanic) ends up saving 5,000 passengers and 200 crew members.
Story: journey, travel, escape, new beginnings, unhappy where we are, (here and now) love, trust, selfishness, giving your life for the one you love (real love)
Finding peace, joy and acceptance in each moment
Learning to enjoy the person you are with, stop running, searching, trying to get somewhere better..
Simple story - titantic, sinking ship
Co-incidence or higher power in charge
Self sacrafice - highest form of love
Both charachters finally discover the meaning of life, living and what love really is. Wanting the best for someone else, even at the expence of our own desires.
We are alone in life, until we truly become vulnerable and trust someone completely, love someone so much we are willing to give up our life for their happiness. They never allow that because they love us the same way.
Sacrificing self to serve others.
Very phrophetic. Even better the more times viewed.
Artistic expansive visuals, character and emotion driven.
Mirrors everyone's life.
well written story with warm emotional study of characters. Great sci fi story : )
I love both these actors and was expecting more. It's basically a sweet "futuristic" love story. Not one of my favorites.
"2 Thumbs Up!"...
An original, BEAUTIFUL, simple/sexy and very ROMANTIC film which exceeded my expectations... reminded me somewhat of the first 'Superman', flick but set in a futuristic time ride without the evil villains and heavy violence or gore - Neither being cheap, trashy nor sleazy at all and made without any vulgar language: very beautifully made and SUBTLY, 'SEXY'. They had ONLY 4 main characters :) LOL, in the whole movie: IT WORKS - they knew what they were doing since they pulled it off! Amazing. :) Its on my mind.
They were both good, attractive and physically fit actors; I liked what Aurora (Jennifer L.), said at the very end: living for the present moment. See, she found true love with him later on, and risked her own life to save him: so she did NOT take the option of moving back into time to sleep out the balance of her journey to the other side/realm . A true LOVE STORY. Its really worth watching, again , even.
p.s... I am a fussy and opinionated, viewer.