Genre Grandeur – Passengers (2016) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Travel Films here’s a review of Passengers (2016) by me.

Thanks again to Rebecca of Almost Ginger for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“We were woken too soon… Ninety years too soon ” – Jim Preston

Number of Times Seen – 3 (31 Dec 2016, 1 Jul 2019 and 29 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After a mishap during a century long space voyage, a man is awoken 90 years too early and with no solution in sight.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved since I first saw it because it allows the viewer to see such a philosophical and ethical dilemma that the characters must deal with.

It also is able to deal with a story told in a minimalist fashion since there are only 4 characters.

Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne are all superb in this film.

The films creates a situation where we never know what to truly think about the decisions made by the main character and the debate over his actions have been debated for years ever since this came out.

I personally like the way that they open an opportunity to debate this issue because it is not a simple one, yet how many people would do something similar if caught in such a dilemma?

We will never know the true answer to that question, but the film still leaves things open enough for each of us to ponder that question.

The film does a wonderful job keeping things realistic while only peppering in slight special effects for the illusion that this takes place in the future.

Time is quite relative here since most of the characters are asleep throughout the story and something that will pass for them in what seems like seconds will take 90 years for the characters.

The concept is brilliant and I can understand why the script was considered such a hot topic as it moved around Hollywood for years.

The backlash from audiences tho, IMHO, is completely unwarranted because people (and characters in movies and books) sometimes make decisions that we won’t like but that is part of the storytelling process and despite being a desperate act, it is still somewhat understandable that such a decision might be made.

The biggest question that this film asks tho is – what would a person do on a 90 year journey all alone?

and they give us a great scenario that is entertaining even if it’s very controversial.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist, a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year. That version of the screenplay had a totally different ending (see below in the Spoilers section). Screenwriter Jon Spaihts’s voice was used as the Autodoc voice in the final film. (From IMDB)

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


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One thought on “Genre Grandeur – Passengers (2016) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

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