Passengers (2016)

After watching Rogue One (2016), I was still on a space movie high. I convinced Foxy Husband to go with me to see this film, but it was easy because we were able to use some free passes we acquired [after watching Dr. Strange (2016) in an understaffed and dirty theater].

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Passengers was directed by Morten Tyldum, who is known for the Imitation Game (2014). It was written by Jon Spaihts, who is known for Dr. Strange (2016) and Prometheus (2012). I had no idea I was seeing so many movies recently with so many interconnected main players.

The cast includes Chris Pratt (Jim Preston), Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora Lane), Michael Sheen (Arthur), and Laurence Fishburne (Gus Mancuso). The cast remained rather small due to the story but I enjoyed it.

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The ship the Avalon carrying roughly 5,000 people to a new settlement planet hits a rough patch in space and then starts to break down. Jim’s pod opens up (90 years early) and he struggles with depression, bad food, and loneliness. His only companion, until Aurora awakens early too, and then Gus, is Arthur (a robot bartender). As other parts of the ship start to fail, the three humans have to figure out what the main problem is before the entire ship stops working in order to save the other 4,997 passengers.

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I really enjoyed this film! It has a little bit of everything; romance, adventure, danger, and space! I think they showed the vast amount of nothingness that people are faced with when they are alone in space quite well without being over the top dramatic. I liked the soft light colors represented in the film; lots of whites, light greys/blues, and a contrasty black. It was beautiful without being overwhelming (there is something about all what homes/buildings/spaces that make me crazy). The technology and science in this futuristic space travel film felt believable  [most of it at least] and not to far off.

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I give this movie an 8.5/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gives it 4.9/10.

Did you see Passengers? Love it/hate it? Comment below!

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