PASSENGERS has two of the biggest movie stars in the world, but the nondescript and risible
Lawrence and Pratt are two likeable people, but the film envelops them in romantic cliches: romantic dinner, romantic film date, romantic view that will take your breath away and romantic gesture with a rose.
There's also a twist that comes early in the film, which is not referred to in the film's synopsis and trailers, and after that happens, there's nothing to look forward to.
Mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Pratt) and writer Aurora Lane (Lawrence) find themselves stuck with each other on a huge spaceship after a malfunction causes their sleeping pods to open 90 years early.
They're part of 5,000 settlers who are in suspended animation and heading for the vast expanses of a faraway planet because Earth's overpopulated and too expensive to live on.
Jim's reasoning for wanting to migrate to another planet sounds like what the early US settlers had
|It suits you, Jennifer Lawrence tells Chris Pratt.|
Aurora's reason to migrate is as absurd as her name. It's preposterous for people to put themselves through the rigours of interstellar travel just so they could write about it.
Jim's the first to wake up, and his walkabout on the spaceship, and his pursuant thoughts about doing something drastic to himself, are similar to what Tom Hanks's character experienced in Cast Away.
Jim shouldn't despair too much as he's lucky he didn't have to appear anorexic like Hanks in Cast Away and Matt Damon in The Martian.
Jim eventually does something drastic after he can't stand the sight of his bearded self looking just like Hanks and Damon in their stranded films. Hanks and Damon didn't have a choice when they were stranded, but Jim glosses over his action so that his selfish self can be entertained. And that's about as much debate as viewers are going to get.
As in all romantic films, one of the lovers will discover something about the other that will make the
|Space babe Jennifer struts her stuff.|
The reason for the pods malfunctioning is also weak. Just because there's never been a malfunctioning pod among thousands of interstellar travel doesn't mean that it couldn't happen.
The spacecraft is so sophisticated that you'd expect it to have a few reserves in the storeroom. It could splurge on a luxurious swimming pool, so I'm sure it could have spent a bit more on pods.
Another discrepancy is about the food. Could a spacecraft preserve French food, fruits, milk and cereal for 120 years? I doubt it, yet we see Jim and Aurora gorging on their so-called fresh food after it being stored for 30 years.