Review: Passengers



Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Duration: 116 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 06-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A let down Fairy-Tale Romance set in Space)

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.

Overall Review:
Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne. The theme of the film is loneliness & the concept of the film is excellent & thought provoking but is wasted on a pretty generic, relatively bland and silly script. The film is predictable with part love, survival, space odyssey stories. Film is visually stunning and has some brilliant special effects, especially when Jennifer Lawrence is swimming in the pool and the gravity fails, leaving her suspended, unable to breathe, in the center of a massive water bubble. The acting in this movie is phenomenal. Travel through space to another planet is a wonderful thing that people always desire, and that desire is expressed through film. Whilst Passengers benefits from pretty camera work and a strong chemistry between leads, a frustrating genre blend mixed with a poignantly irreversible twist make this much more disappointing than it should have been.

Performance & Technical Review:
Jennifer Lawrence is spectacular in this movie. Chris Pratt is also incredible and gives a masterful performance as the lonely engineer but it is Lawrence’s performance that really gives this film an edge. The chemistry between both of them just works flawlessly. The film also stars Lawrence Fishburne and Andy Garcia but both talented actors are wasted. The visuals are also quite impressive. Although Director Morten Tyldum does his best to blend a romantic drama in the foreground of a sci-fi survivalist plot, Passengers is ultimately left stranded in space as an incoherent story makes you realize that it might be two genres that should probably never be spliced together.

PDF Verdict:
The script and narrative is what lets Passengers down but it isn’t a terrible film. Brownie points for A Love Drama in Space – the unusual theme for any Sci-Fi Movie.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A let down Fairy-Tale Romance set in Space)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
CGI: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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