When a spacecraft on its way to an new homeworld malfunctions, two passengers are awoken 90 years too soon and forced to work together to avoid a catastrophe.
Passengers should work better than it does; the two leads are good, the premise is interesting and the look of the production is breathtaking.
Unfortunately it's best moments occur in is first half, as our two characters discover who they are and the moral questions that are raised by their actions.
Predictable. Lawrence and Pratt worked fine together, there's chemistry on screen, but the trailers made it seem very obvious that Pratt's character was going to wake up J-Law and they would fall in love and there would be problems on the ship but their love would overcome all. And that's... pretty much what happens.
Quick Hits: Passengers is equal parts I Am Legend, The Martian and Overboard - and yes, by the latter I mean the 1980s comedy with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. But in this one there isn't any humor about the situation and Chris Pratt -- playing the Kurt Russell character -- is a nice guy protagonist who apparently we should really forgive for his unconscionable action, because he really feels bad about it, you know.
Chris Pratt does his best…
Reasonably solid watch with lots of good visuals and a strong performance by Chris Pratt. (Lawrence is lovely but kind of mailing it in.)
The director is Star Trek: The Motion Picture levels of proud of his visuals, though. Dude, we get it. Your ship looks cool. Move on, already.
Unfortunately, the final act of the film is absolute shit. Some of the silliest action, worst dialogue/acting, and forced "sad" scene I have seen in a big budget star-driven film…
There's a better movie at the core of Passengers that seems to have been buried beneath big budget Hollywood. The power behind the film is part of the movie's strength, but it means the film lands in a totally benign spot -- neither terrible nor particularly good. I found my mind wandering because there weren't any surprises, just pretty people in pretty scenery.
This plot structure may have been more to my taste.
Passengers is basically Titanic in space, with a smaller cast and little of James Cameron tedious filmmaking, but lots of creepy romantic pretensions. Not that it is good, because it isn't really, but it is all right. Jennifer Lawrence, more animated and forced than her usual performance, is quite good in the film. She is always watchable, even if her choices recently have been a little dull.
Unfortunately, the other lead of Passengers is Chris Pratt. The bankrupt man's Ryan…
"I can't live on this ship without you."
And I can't pick every movie we go to.
Two good looking celebs get trapped in space with bad dialogue and a ton of booze. What will they do to pass the time? Yeah, they bang it out around the clock. Passengers is like Solaris rewritten by Hannah Montana. Still, it now seems certain that Andy Garcia will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. You get the point...
What starts out as an interesting film ends up tanking with the introduction of JLaw.
This could've about a man's survival in a horrible situation, but we end up getting the honeymoon between Anita Sarkesian and Jonathan McIntosh.
Just another Silver Linings Playbook here.
If you have severe problems, sexual attraction will save the day.
What a crock of shit.
A sci-fi film that combines Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt seemed like a guaranteed success. They are both young, attractive breakout stars that seem to have taken Hollywood by storm in the past few years.
John and Aurora are two passengers just waking up from hibernation on a highly sophisticated starship, the Avalon, which is on a very long journey to their new home, Homestead II. The problem is that they woke up 90 years too early, and have no…
If you live an ordinary life, all you'll have are ordinary stories.
There's a compelling dark story here (under the surface), but it's told with some sort of weird disconnect from beginning to end. It's hard to pinpoint any one element at fault; the performances, dialogue, tone, direction, the chemistry between the leads ... it all feels wrong.
Since Jon Spaihts is the sole credited screenwriter I'd be curious to know how many drafts he went through and how…
huh. didn't... hate this. premise is solid, there are real ideas here about isolation and romance founded on betrayal, and for at least its first 2/3s it treats pratt's undoubtably horrific act as nothing less than what it is: a disgusting, selfish choice, recognizably akin to rape/murder, made by a desperate creep. that he doesn't even look around for a fellow engineer or a doctor or anyone who might have skills to help him, and instead zeroes in on sexy…
Robert Zemeckis' tale of love and espionage during World War 2 tries so desperately to ape the classics of yesteryear that you can feel the director's earnest love screaming from every frame.
Unfortunately the story doesn't quite live up to his intentions, as what we get is basic hokey melodrama coupled with some decidedly average performances.
That's not to say that there isn't enjoyment to be had; the production looks detailed, the action is well done and the twists and turns, though signposted, are still entertaining in a laughable kind of way.
Not Zemeckis at his finest by any stretch, but not altogether a failure either.