Passengers

By Angie Raphael

3 stars 

The concept for this science fiction romance is intriguing, and for the most part, Passengers works well – until it fails dismally at the end. There were far better options open to writer Jon Spaihts and director Mortem Tyldum. The story is set some unspecified time in the future when a spacecraft that is en route to a colony planet with thousands of people onboard has a malfunction in its sleep chambers, which leaves two passengers, mechanic Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and writer Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), awake 90 years too early. Without giving away important details of the plot, I will say the film deals with some interesting moral dilemmas and that is where the film is at its best. There is also some amazing set design and details in the spaceship's technology. The romance between the two lonely people is believable and the chemistry between Pratt and Lawrence is strong. Each character is also complex and well layered, especially Jim who is heavily flawed. Passengers is a mostly enjoyable film, but unfortunately there are some plot holes and I cannot get past the appalling final act to ever probably consider watching this film again. 


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