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Opening Date
22 Dec 2016
PG13 Scenes of Intimacy
116 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Adventure, Sci-Fi
Morten Tyldum
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Chris Pratt) are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.
By Yian Lu  22 Dec 2016
Minus the failed attempt at the ethical issue, Passengers is still an exciting ride into space. Plus Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence look amazing together on the screen.
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In Passengers, it takes 120 years to travel from Earth to this new habitable planet and the only way to “survive” this ride is to go into hibernation. Unfortunately for Jim (Chris Pratt), his hibernation pod malfunctioned and he woke up 90 years ahead of schedule. Stranded on the spaceship with everyone else still asleep, Jim tried all possible ways to get help but apparently in vain. But getting back to hibernation is the least of his problems as he soon came to realise.

The Good
There has been a number of films on space travel and exploration, each presenting a unique perspective on this genre. Passengers is one of them. This costly but fascinating migration throws light on issues that can be mind-blowing. Given their advanced technology, this space travel is almost like time travelling, going through 120 years but not aging a single bit thanks to the hibernation pods. At the same time, embarking on this journey would also mean leaving everything (your friends, your family, etc.) behind on Earth; they will not be around should you return, and that is a lot to give up.

Thrill factor lives up to expectations too, particularly with the epic scene of lost gravity when Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) was swimming and trapped in the pool. This scene also marks the crucial point where the reason why the hibernation pods malfunctioned begins to get uncovered.

The Bad
While the build-up of the plot does not feel draggy, it is how everything escalated very quickly at the climax that spoils the flow. It feels like too many major and life-threatening incidents are happening within a small time frame. There are minor incidents planted around before the climax but it is unthinkable that Jim, who did notice them, did not question anything. On this note, modifying a defective robot to send a date invitation adds value to its sub-plot but takes a toll on its main plot.

Interestingly, Passengers incorporated an ethical issue. Much could have been worked into the storyline to justify better why one is chosen over the other. But what is more unsettling is the choice eventually got buried in the name of love as if the resulting fact is non-existent.

As usual, movies related to the nature often have scenes that are illogical. Passengers cannot escape this fate as well. “Diving” into space is actually not possible without gravity. Neither can your spaceship pass by in such close proximity to a red giant unless your spaceship can withstand heat of 5000K (which actually may be possible given the state of technology the setting is but we cannot be sure).

And The Summary
Minus the failed attempt at the ethical issue, Passengers is still an exciting ride into space. Plus Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence look amazing together on the screen.
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