More To Say #31: Passengers

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Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne. The story depicts three people who are awakened some 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016, in 2D and RealD 3D by Columbia Pictures. It has grossed $302 million worldwide. The film was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Production Design at the 89th Academy Awards.

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the “Homestead Colony” and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination.

There’s an interesting premise to work off of here and Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt do have a lot of really good chemistry here and they really are the strongest part of this movie actingwise.

On a visual standpoint, the movie looks fantastic, you can definitely see where the $110 million budget went into this movie and the effects really show off here.

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is just kind of a dud. The rest of the cast, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, even Nazanin Boniadi, somebody who’ve I’ve loved since How I Met Your Mother, is once again wasted in this movie, nobody’s really given anything interesting or exciting to do in this movie, they are just there to be simply stock characters.

The script is a mess, this is Jon Spaihts, who was just coming off of Doctor Strange at the time this came out but was more known for writing the script for Prometheus, and you can see a lot of Prometheus’ flaws in this movie, then again he also wrote that horrendous The Darkest Hour from a couple of years back so maybe I should’ve seen it coming.

The editing is shockingly bad, especially since the editor is Maryann Brandon, the editor for many of JJ Abrams’ movies including Super 8, the Star Trek movies, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but then again, Sony could’ve also played a hand in the editing room for this more than she did.

Even the direction is off, this is the same director who did The Imitation Game, another movie with good performances from the leads but had a lot of problems to it scriptwise, and I just didn’t think he should’ve been given the opportunity to direct such a high budget movie that quickly after The Imitation Game.

Passengers had every right to be something amazing but the only things that make it somewhat redeemable is the chemistry between Lawrence and Pratt and the visuals but other than that, this was such a bore, go watch much better movies with Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt and avoid this one for million of years to come.

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