Passengers, a movie review

A movie review written by: Lee Sonogan

(2016) 1h56mins /Adventure, drama, romance

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IMDB describes this movie as a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. With a budget of 110 million, the movie made over 289 million in the box office. The biggest actors in this movie are Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Laurence Fishburne

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the most liked unmade scripts of the year. The story and screenplay for Passengers was developed at Keanu Reeves and Stephen Hamel’s production company Company Films. Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams were at one time attached to star, with Brian Kirk attached to direct.

Similar to the technique used in 2001: A Space Odyssey, scenes where the characters had to walk inside the centrifuge were shot hamster-wheel style. The set spun underneath them as they stepped forward. Instead of using post-production CGI, the UI that the actors interacted with on various computers and machines was developed on a gaming engine, Unity, displayed on touch-based tablets and actually worked.

A sci-fi spaceship movie with an interesting concept. The characters trapped in this situation are developed well as the movie goes on. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence have chemistry on-screen with many great scenes. Mid way through the movie slows down as the two characters slowly enter a relationship. Then Jennifer Lawrence’s character finds out what Jim did. Then with the ending, after a life and death situation the movie ends with a logical conclusion. The soundtrack of the film is also interesting to hear. I recommend this film to people with time, who like space films or fans of the actors in the movie.

7/10

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