I recently visited the cinema to watch ‘Passengers.’ The latest blockbuster from Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. What follows is my (Non-Spoilery) review.
I have never been a massive fan of the hunger games but I am aware of Jennifer Lawrence from her performances in the X-Men movies. Chris Pratt seems to be the most popular movie stars of the past couple of years starring in blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Magnificent Seven and soon to be seen in the sequel to Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the latest installment of the Avengers franchise Avengers: Infinity War.
‘Passengers’ is a sci-fi movie set onboard a transporter ship travelling through space with over five thousand people on board all soundly asleep. During the 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the “Homestead Colony” and when Jim (Pratt) is woken up he soon realises he has woken early and he is the only person on board that is awake.
After a year, Jim is extremely lonely and his life is made a whole lot better when Aurora (Lawrence) is also awoken. They become close and in some ways forget that they are destined to spend the next 88 years with only each other for company, except of course for Arthur. Arthur (Michael Sheen) is an Android barman who although is someone to talk to and has an unhealthy obsession over clean glasses is just that, a robot. Soon, the ship begins to have a life of its own. Things go wrong that shouldn’t be going wrong.
While the engineer Jim tries to figure out what could be causing the issue, the true magnitude of the problem is made clear. A glimmer of hope appears when a member of the crew awakes but happiness soon disappears when he quickly diagnoses that the ship is in serious trouble and only Jim and Aurora can fix it, save themselves and the rest of the crew and remaining 4998 passengers.
I went into the theatre expecting an all out sci-fi action film and in reality it was a slow burning film including romance a bit of action and suspense with an interesting idea and it is performed well by all involved. Along with the Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, the cast includes the aforementioned Michael sheen and a short appearance by Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia but mostly its just the leading couple that carry you through the 116 minute movie.
I would recommend this movie if your on a date night or just looking for something you don’t really didn’t need to think about but if you’re expecting bucket loads of action then I would wait for the film to become available on DVD or your favourite streaming service.
If you’ve read all that and you think this is the movie for you, the last thing I would say is, if you can, watch the movie in 3D. The sets and backgrounds lend itself well to the new generation of 3D where it’s less about things jumping out of the screen and at you and more about depth and making you feel like you within the action.
Thanks for reading this review and if you have seen ‘Passengers’, I would love to know your opinion and if you agree with this review.