Passengers Movie Review

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I’ve been looking forward to Passengers for quite a while now, and I finally had the chance to see it! Even though Chris Pratt usually plays Chris Pratt in most of his movies, it’s tough to deny that he’s so charismatic and likable, so you have to be excited to see him in anything. Jennifer Lawrence is also one of the best working actresses today. Even though she could probably take a picture of herself eating pizza and be nominated for Best Actress, I didn’t think this was one she was going to get nominated for, but I was excited to see her in another big-budget production. Without further ado, let’s talk about Passengers!

Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum and stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two passengers aboard a ship taking over 5,000 people to a brand new planet. When their hibernation pods malfunction and they wake up 90 years too soon, they must find a way to live out the remainder of their days in the company of each other.

First we’ll go over the positives, just like always. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are both very good in this movie. Sure, they’re playing Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, but they’re both still great, fun to watch, and they have really good chemistry. To me, they had great “friend chemistry” as compared to “love chemistry,” but the “friend chemistry” was enough for me to buy into the two being together for the duration of the film. Next, the movie is well-directed and well-shot. Morten Tyldum uses the camera really well to tell a story. Passengers is really visually interesting and colorful, and I loved that about the film. The visual effects are really great, and even though so many shots are composed entirely of CGI, it never took me out of the movie or felt bloated. The ship looked great, and everything inside the ship was really well-designed. I also really had a good time for the portion of the movie when Pratt is in a philosophical battle with himself. I’m not going to reveal anything that the trailer didn’t, but Pratt’s character faces many challenges being the first one awake on the ship, and I enjoyed that aspect of the story where he is determining what to do and attempting to make the best of his situation.

Unfortunately, this movie doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Eventually it turns into a science-fiction-space-opera-romantic-drama-thriller, and it loses track of what made it enjoyable in the first place. Even though it had already established itself, it continued to introduce more and more ideas into the story until it just becomes way too much. Next, I had a really difficult time taking a lot of the extremely dramatic moments seriously. It was alright in the first two acts, but in the third act, most of the drama feels overblown, and it’s not easy to take it in a serious manner. Finally, a lot of the story becomes a conventional and predictable love story. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence work decently well together, but it is still the same story you’ve seen over and over again, and it doesn’t come with any surprises. It just comes with plenty of examples showing that it’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Overall, Passengers probably won’t go down as the most disappointing movie of the year, but it’s definitely not going to be the next space adventure classic. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence work well together, and they’re fun to watch, but they end up giving us the same love story we’ve seen before, and it’s easy to predict exactly how the movie is going to end before we’re even out of the first act. I loved the inner controversy Chris Pratt’s character had with himself, and I even enjoyed what he and Jennifer Lawrence did together as they explored the ship and all of the luxurious perks it had to offer when they were supposed to wake up in 90 years. It looked fantastic, and it’s well-directed, but the story isn’t 100% sure what it’s going for. I do think that if you’re a fan of love stories, you’ll probably enjoy this movie and its science fiction elements, and you can have some fun with it. I’m going to give Passengers a 6/10.

Will you be checking out Passengers? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! Also, which movies are you looking forward to now that the end of the year is here and 2017 is on its way in? Let me know! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

All images courtesy of Columbia Pictures

About Justin Lyons

Hey, it’s Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm