Tuesday, 27 December 2016

'Passengers' Film Review

Due to a malfunction, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) are two passengers on a spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet, who awaken from cryogenic sleep 90 years too early. 

With no method of returning into their hibernation pods, the two must come to terms with living the rest of their life on board the space craft, and with each other. As the ship continues to malfunction, the two attempts to find the source; but Jim's terrible secret threatens to tear the two apart.

The film is quick to set up the premise of a sci-fi thriller- alone in space, facing imminent death- but once Jim and Aurora meet, the film takes a U-turn into the territory of romantic drama, and follows a formulaic pattern. Lighthearted comedy is mixed with serious moral questions, explosive action is mixed with passionate romance, one man's quest for companionship is mixed with the responsibility of saving 5000 others... these very contrasting themes and ideas are not easy to merge, and whilst it is commendable for the film to attempt this, the two genres are not well integrated and the film is often muddled throughout.

The idea of a romantic drama set in space is actually rather brilliant, and so is the idea of a sci-fi thriller of two lone passengers trying to make sense of their early awakening; but when combined, it is neither here nor there and feels quite dragged out.

That said, the film is beautiful to watch, with wonderful sweeping spacescapes, imaginative technological inventions and a unique anti-gravity scene that was perhaps my favourite part of the whole movie. The mix of action and romance means this film is really targeted at everyone and there is definitely something to like. It may not be perfect, but it makes for a good pop-corn movie.

Chris Pratt- Jim Preston
Jennifer Lawrence- Aurora Lane

Also stars Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne.

~~~OVERALL 7/10~~~
'Passengers' is a crowd-pleasing romantic sci-fi thriller/drama led by two of Hollywood's most sought after talents. With a stunning backdrop, good humour and some explosive sequences, this is a great popcorn blockbuster. Unfortunately, the ambition of merging two contrasting genres leaves the film with two distinct and inconsistent narratives, that feels somewhat jarring. Ultimately, it is an enjoyable film that could do with some streamlining.

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