Passengers (2016) – Encore Review

“My dad used to say, “If you live an ordinary life, all you’ll have are ordinary stories. You have to live a life of adventure.” So… Here I am. ” – Aurora

Number of Times Seen – 2 (31 Dec 2016 and 1 Jul 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After a malfunction on an interstellar spacecraft, an engineer and a reporter are awoken and must decide what to do since there is still 90 years left on their voyage.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw in the theater a few years back and it has left a very strong impression on me ever since.

The premise of this film is excellent and they find a way to present it really well while making it seem quite plausible and realistic.

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are both great in the lead roles and have great chemistry together which helps the story move along really well.

The fact that they need to interact almost completely with only one another is helped by this great chemistry.

This movie is able to throw in some great philosophical questions that will be be pondered and questions for years to come since they bring them forth is such a direct way.

This film has many detractors due to the directness of things, but I am not among them because I think it actually allows us to view the human nature side of things from a very different perspective.

This film failed to get an even larger audience due to the controversy of these ideas.

This film is a great example of how one can take a scenario used in other mediums in the past and update them due to technological advances in practice and in theory.

This film does have a few very blatant plot holes that can cause some problems if you think about them too much since they are left unexplained, but I would love to read the original script of this film to see how they expand on many of the issues presented here.

Bottom Line – Excellent idea that works really well. Pratt and Lawrence are great here especially when they need to interact with only one another throughout the film. This movie brings up some great philosophical questions and tries to find a way to answer them in a meaningful and thoughtful way. Those very same ideas are one of the reason that this film failed to get a bigger audience because many people deride the story for those views. This is a very interesting kind of desert island film that presents things in a great way because of where technology has brought us. The film has some blatant plot holes that are left unexplained, but I would love to read the original script of this movie which apparently expands on many of the ideas.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Avalon is similar in many ways to the Axiom in WALL·E (2008). The ships are designed to house and provide life support to thousands of humans and the interiors are also very similar. Both ships also have ‘service bots’. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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