What if you woke up on a ship floating through space 90 years too early? How would you survive alone with your thoughts and cereal for a whole year? Would you go mad? These are some questions you may ask yourself while watching the movie Passengers (2016) starring Chris Pratt (Jim Preston) and Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora Lane).
A spaceship is traveling through space carrying 5,000 people, but when something happens one person by the name of Jim Preston wakes up and spends a whole year alone on the ship alone with a robot bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen). Jim tries to find a way to put himself back to sleep and fails a lot, but he falls in love with Aurora Lane and he ends up waking her up. He tells her that they are 90 years away from the new world, but he doesn’t tell her what he did. They fall in,love, but then Jim’s secret is unleashed and another passenger, but this time it is a chief deck officer, Gus Mancuso (Laurence Fishburne), and he helps them get into parts of the ship that they weren’t able to, but what they don’t know is that Gus’s health is slowly deteriorating because of a technical difficulty when he woke up. Soon Jim and Aurora are alone and have to control the ship and save all 5,000 passengers. They successfully get the ship working again, but something happened with Jim and Aurora saves him. All the other passenger have been asleep for 120 years and wake up on schedule, but when they wake up what they see is surprising.
The director of the movie is Morten Tyldum and he has made other films such as “The Imitation game” which earned 233.6 million dollars from the box office. The movie passenger was somewhat popular after it came out and it earned 303.1 million dollars from the box office, which is a little more than twice the amount it took to make the movie. Many people say that the movie is too dull and it doesn’t dive deep into the meaning that the story is giving.
The film is set on a spaceship that was sent from the “old world”, which is where we live now, to the new world, which is a planet that is just like earth. This film would most likely be considered science fiction because it is based off “what if” and it is set in the future after they world ends. The type of science fiction that his would be considered as is Travelers, because throughout the time Jim and Aurora spend on the ship, they learn more about themselves and are on a “quest” to find out why they woke up early.
I think that the actors did a great job portraying their characters, but I do think that most scenes in the film were too dull and could have had some color or at least some music. I liked the story line of the film and how the actors seemed like their actual character, but there could have been more details in the plot that could have tied the story together better. If you like love stories set in space, then this movie might just be for you, but if you love details and hate dull movies, then this film isn’t worth your time or money.
– Rileah Graham
April 8th, 2019