Set in the near future, a spacecraft is travelling to a new planet, transporting 5000 people to this new world. While everyone is fast asleep, one of the hibernation chambers (sleep pod) malfunctions and we are introduced to Jim (Chris Pratt). As he wakes up, we follow him and together seek the answers to the same questions. Soon after a young female Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) also wakes. The catch is neither one of them is they can a re-enter sleep mode and are awoken far too early for their destination. How and why did this happen?
From this introduction we are taken space ride of romance, suspense and some mystery, but overall the film’s plot is very basic. While the plot is basic, the surrounds of the plot and actors is anything but small…
Passengers biggest strength is the large a sci-fi world setting, which is absolutely perfect. From the start of the film we are also introduced to eerie (but beautiful) music supported by stunning visual effects and to topic it off, a jaw-dropping sound effect track.
Our leads- no surprise- also acted well. More respect from me is given to Chris Pratt as I enjoyed seeing him take the more serious path in his role. While Jennifer Lawrence is always amazing, her role didn’t drop my jaw and made me feel as though I saw something new within her career.
As stated, the film itself is very basic. This is also a key that I feel will win fans in the cinema. So many films today want to be big on sci-fi effects and then get stung by overcomplicating the plot (anyone remember the film Jupiter Ascending? lol) As the film is going for a simple plot and having such a small cast, it shouldn’t really miss anything at all.
But it does.
While overall I speak with high positivity compared to most critics so far, the film does seem to skip over or ignore certain basic elements in the story, but in the moment I feel this would be ignored by most (sorry it’s tricky to discuss without spoilers)
If you expecting a high octane Die Hard in space, you’ll be shocked. In fact, this film isn’t that far from being classed as an enjoyable fun sci-fi romance, and that’s pretty cool.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden