Passengers (2016) Rated PG-13

A spacecraft traveling 90 years to colonize a distant planet malfunctions, waking two of the sleeping passengers. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia.

The film was passable. I didn’t find anything exceptional or unique about this movie to commend it. It felt like every other film featuring two hot actors aboard a “sinking” ship.  I also felt there were too many parts that didn’t make sense or were out of place in the film.  Finally, the ending was a disappointment. Instead of giving us a seemingly open ending which actually left no question as to the outcome, I wish they had spent more time exploring what happened to both the two main characters, as well as the rest of the passengers aboard the ship.  This film is a pass.

Editor’s Comment:  Surprisingly, I completely disagree with Laura.  I was riveted to this film throughout, wondering and worrying about how things would turn out.  Yes, there are the token “hot actors,” but I was actually very impressed with Pratt.  He has great, understated comedic timing which added a lightness to an otherwise desperate situation.  Also, the film posed a lot of questions that I found myself pondering even after the movie was over.  The more I thought through the ramifications of the movie and how precisely the story had to be told in order to unfold like it did, the more I appreciated the attention to detail that went into making it.  I say this movie is worth a watch.

I know Laura and I would both love to hear what you thought; be sure to let us know who you agree with in the comments below.

 

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