Movie Review

Passengers (2016)

Passengers (2016) was more of a romantic film told in a sci-fi plot. In a distant future, 5000+ passengers and crew are on hibernation for 120 years on a space ship called Avalon travelling to a new colony planet. After 30 years, due to a meteor hit one passenger alone wakes up with no one else awake to help him. An intriguing plot that Director Morten Tyldum had handled differently from the treatment this genre normally gets, I liked it, but fans will be disappointed as there was little space action or any new imagination. The film is available on Netflix.

Due to the hibernation pod misfunction Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up to find that he is only awake and there are ninety more years to reach the destination, by then he is likely to be dead. He spends the next year, with a luxury ship all to himself and gets bored very soon. Being a mechanic, he starts building stuff. Did he reach the destination, did he meet anyone else, did he fix the problem in the ship is the story.

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt make a lovely pair in the film, there acting saves the film from being dull and mostly uneventful. The film does remind me of a miniseries called Ascension (2014) where 3 generations are travelling to a distant galaxy to save humanity and of Orbiter 9 (2017). The Avalon spacecraft in this film, its exteriors and interiors were looking very nice, borrowing from the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Passengers (2016)
Passengers (2016)

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