Release Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama
Production: Columbia Pictures
Run Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Director: Morten Tyldum
Familiar Faces: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
Summary (summary provided by IMDb):
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Rating: 7.5 / 10
“You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be, that you forget to make the most of where you are.”- Passengers (2016)
From taming raptors (“Jurassic World”) to shooting western bad guys (“The Magnificent 7”) and again appearing in another science fiction (previously in “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chris Pratt is becoming quite the movie chameleon.
In “Passengers,” he now finds himself trying to figure out why his hibernation pod has malfunctioned and woke him up 90 years too soon. If there was ever a time for filling out that customer service survey that is annoyingly provided at the end of every travel flight or vacation destination then this would be the time. Can I get a “✓” next to unsatisfied frequent flyer…my bad, I meant spacecraft “soar-er”? It’s unfortunate for Mr. Pratt that he’ll be dead before his spacecraft even passes out the surveys and complimentary peanuts once it actually reaches its desired destination in 90 years.
For a movie that spends the entirety of its time focused in one location – on board a spacecraft – the rather unique story line provides enough “oohs” and “ahhs” to maintain the viewer’s attention. I especially enjoyed the scientific gadgets that are a promised treat when watching sci-fi movies.
The overall execution of the story line:
This movie includes 2 people who are trying to figure out why their hibernation pods have malfunctioned. Well, since we have 1 boy and 1 girl, the math will inevitably add up to including a relationship aspect; I think this actually took away from the details of the movie due to one 1 main reason:
- The details of the movie had to split between being: a.) a sci-fi movie and b.) a drama movie. I felt like the movie should have picked one or the other with just a few tidbits of the left over genre. Sci-fi movies include so many futuristic do-hickeys and thingamajigs that demand the full attention needed to appreciate their mechanical machinery. And, drama movies demand the whole beginning to end story, plus the juicy details, to appreciate the portrayed relationship. This movie really was a tug-of-war between the two.
There is a “However”…
I still thought the overall uniqueness of the plot still made this an enjoyable movie.
[… if you are someone who is pretty good at predicting where a story line will go (as I am, most of the time), then you may also find a few parts of this movie predictable.]
** For movie fans who follow Jennifer Lawrence, be on the look out for a quote in this movie that has also appeared in Hunger Games. Maybe I’m the only one who noticed, but I thought that was still worth a chuckle or two
** Another noteworthy quote from the movie that I liked:
“If you live an ordinary life, all you’ll have are ordinary stories.” – Passengers (2016)
Overall, a decent sci-fi with a unique story plot. I’d say you’re pretty safe renting this one from your local RedBox.