The Passenger (1975)


passenger“I know a man who was blind. When he was nearly 40 years old, he had an operation and regained his sight. At first he was elated… really high. Faces… colors… landscapes. But then everything began to change. The world was much poorer than he imagined. No one had ever told him how much dirt there was. How much ugliness. He noticed ugliness everywhere. When he was blind… he used to cross the street alone with a stick. After he regained his sight… he became afraid. He began to live in darkness. He never left his room. After three years he killed himself.” – David Locke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 May 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A photojournalist encounters a dead man in a secluded African hotel and decides to take the identity of the dead arms dealer.

My Take on it – There are certain movies that when you watch them, you know that they were made to be artistic and understood on a deeper level.

This is one of those such films.

The camera angles are done amazingly, the locations were chosen exquisitely and you can tell that everything was created deliberately for the art of filmmaking, but what this movie lacks is a clear story that viewers can find interesting.

Yes, the film raises many questions about identity means to a person and how others treat you based on who they think you are, but where is the plot that makes ones interested in caring what happens to the characters?

Throughout the movie, I constantly was asking myself why these characters were doing what they do and where do they expect to go with that.

This movie doesn’t provide such answers and I feel that they could have made a much better movie if the plot also had more meaning.

Too bad. 😦

Bottom Line – I can see the artistry of this movie, but I just didn’t find it very entertaining due to its lack of a real plot.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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