On my movie-binge the other weekend, I watched through a couple of old favorites and then some “new” movies I’ve been wanting to watch for a while – two of the Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (check out my review!), and then Passengers.
Passengers basically tries to answer the question, “What happens if a bunch of people are sent to another planet in cryosleep and somebody wakes up before they’re supposed to?”
And the answer?
Seriously. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up because of a malfunction with his sleep pod after the ship suffered some damage. And then he hangs out, eats food, becomes buddies with the robot bartender, doesn’t shave, and generally bums around the ship.
A year passes, and Jim’s lonely. After all, a robot bartender constantly polishing a glass isn’t that great company – he can’t even leave the bar. Jim hasn’t even considered trying to wake up another passenger until he stumbles upon the pod of Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence).
Jim thinks she’s really pretty and reads up on her, watching all the interviews with her he can and reading everything she’s written. Pretty soon, he’s obsessed with her and debating whether or not to wake her up.
Pro: he’ll finally have a friend! Someone to talk to! Someone to do things with! Someone he already really cares about which is kinda creepy because he hasn’t even met her!
Con: It takes a really long time to get to the planet they’re headed to. And they have 70 years left of their voyage. If he wakes her up, he’s certainly condemning her to die on this spaceship along with him.
Happy movie, right?
Jim caves and wakes Aurora up, but she doesn’t know that. Everything’s fine and dandy and happy and sunshine-y (well, as sunshine-y as it can be in the middle of space) until it isn’t. And I’d tell you all about that, but that would be spoilers, and spoilers are greatly frowned upon by the majority of the internet. So we’ll just leave it there.
Now, I’ve heard some people slam the movie because Jim’s really just being a jerk and chauvinistic because he wakes up Aurora. Yeah, that wasn’t cool. But if you were stranded on a spaceship alone and a year had already passed, would you be able to hold out by yourself and just go slowly crazy? I’m not saying that Jim made the right choice, but I get why he did it.
And what did I think of the movie as a whole?
It was a good concept. But the plot was lacking. If you like movies that center around some relationship drama and a verrryyyy slow build-up to the main conflict, then this might be the movie for you! I enjoyed seeing Pratt and Lawrence in it – I tend to enjoy movies they’re in. But it was just very fluffy. And entertaining. But I was also questioning what I was watching the entire time, and I’m having a hard time trying to identify what the main themes were. Friendship? Trust? Determination? True love wins out in the end? I’m still not sure.
Have you seen Passengers? What did you think of the film?