Imagine: you’re travelling on a spaceship heading for a distant planet, but you wake up 90 years early. What do you do? That is essentially the driving question for two unlucky passengers on board of the Avalon.
At first white panic sets in, mixed with an unsettling claustrophobia. Next up, your minds works overtime trying to comprehend what it means, and how to overcome such a big hurdle.
For Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, it means trying to cope with an impossible situation to understand. The casting of both actors is brilliantly done, because – apart from their good looks – they lean onto each other’s shoulders in terms of acting and feed off each other’s screen charisma.
Add to that the presence of actor Michael Sheen as Arthur, the charming robotic bartender, who gives us one of the very best robots in recent Hollywood history … and you’ll know this movie to be a true and just blockbuster, very worthy of watching.
Unlike so many other space movies Hollywood has churned out, Passengers is a movie with something real to tell. The story is far better than, say, Gravity which simply had two people floating in space. It’s also a movie that’s much easier to enjoy than Interstellar, which – let’s face it – was very bloated.
No, Passengers finds the perfect middle ground between awesome visuals and unrelenting entertainment. And we didn’t even begin to talk about the eery atmosphere of two people stranded alone on a big spaceship.
The only pity is that the final third of the movie is unnecessarily rushed. The battle for survival towards the end feels like one of a hundred action movies we’ve seen before. The Core, with a team of scientists travelling to the bottom of the Earth, immediately comes to mind.
Passengers loses a few vital points, because the climax is neither original nor as good as the rest of the movie.
It may seem odd, but the best of the movie is actually the romance between both leading stars … the silent moments when they stare in each other’s eyes … the workmanship of trying to figure out a solution … the little jokes that work so well in the presence of a looming danger.
Plus – let’s be honest here – there isn’t a man alive who wouldn’t wanna be stuck on a spaceship with Jennifer Lawrence. Right?
Did you know?
Jennifer Lawrence’s character is called “Aurora”. In Jim’s room you can see the Aurora in the background also known as the northern lights.
Give it to me short:
Passengers is one of the best space movies Hollywood has made in recent times, because the story focuses on its people instead of trying to show you the endlessness of a vast universe. By keeping things small – two people wake up too soon and are stranded on a journey through space that’ll last another 90 years – the movie can benefit from other things, such as shaping an unpleasant atmosphere on board of the spaceship, the desperation of two people who are unable to find a solution to save their lives and … perhaps the most important factor … the human connection of two people who don’t share anything at first, but slowly grow towards each other in the wake of a pending doom.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt were born to be together on this great space romance. The simple conversations about nothing in particular give a sense of realism. The way both actors support each other makes every scene worth-watching. And along with the great special effects, you’ll wish you were on board of the Avalon … if only to see the robots up-close or watch the endless extensiveness of space unfold before your eyes!
The only thing that keeps this movie from becoming a true golden ticket, is the final third of the movie. Certain aspects are introduced that weaken the plot. The action feels rushed. And you’ll find yourself suddenly stranded on a movie that’s not so special anymore. The ending is also one that could’ve – no, should’ve! – been better!
What’s the point of building a beautifully coherent story … if you’re going to end with a mediocre action scene?