Rating : 1/5
Cast : Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence
Directed by : Morten Tyldum
Produced by : Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel
Music : Thomas Newman
Release Date : 6 January, 2017
Passengers Movie Review: It’s year 2105 A.D. The world is still reflecting that an entire generation of Americans voted for Donald Trump and that the Russians might have hacked the election nearly 88 years ago. The question was – How did our ancestors let this happen? Well, truth is, there are plenty of things in our lives which continue to shock and surprise us. To give you an instance of some of the bewildering choices our ancestors have made, back in 2017, there was a film named ‘Passengers’.
88 years later, when we look back at the film, it might not mean much for us, but the film had a devastating effect on those who saw it back then. How did anyone let this film happen? Why did anyone find it interesting? Does the film have an intrinsic message that everyone was missing? Is it supposed to be a missing link in the larger picture which would explain our lives today? Questions like these continued to intrigue movie goers, critics and philosophers again. But no one had an answer. It was almost as if they refused to believe that this film existed and everyone who saw it pretended that they didn’t.
‘Passengers’ had Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt playing lead roles. It’s okay if you don’t know who they are, but back in those days, Jennifer Lawrence, especially, made everyone’s heart skip a beat. She was funny, smart and original, and despite being super famous, she tried to be as normal as she could. And then, there was Chris Pratt, who shot to fame as the funny guy from ‘Parks And Recreation’ who turned into a movie star after he played ‘Star Lord’ in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
So, what was ‘Passengers’ all about? The story unfolds inside a starship Avalon, which is on its way to a planet named Homestead II. There are 5,000 onboard Avalon and all of them are in a state of hibernation and they are supposed to wake up just four months before their 120 years long journey from Earth to Homestead II ends. However, there’s a malfunction and two of its passengers – Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) wake up 90 years before they were supposed to. And then….
An amazing premise to begin with, ‘Passengers’ loses its plot within 30 minutes into the story. It tries to be Tom Hanks’ Cast Away masquerading as Titanic set in space; however, in reality it was a self-indulgent and supremely boring film which takes us on a ride we wish we never experienced. Both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence just say their dialogues aloud without a trace of emotion. I suspect if they knew that the camera was rolling when they began delivering their dialogues. When Jennifer Lawrence has a “what?” written on her face, Chris Pratt replies to her with an equally poker-faced retort which suggests “I-told-you-so”. I’m certain that both of them must have had a private conversation where they told each other – I can’t believe I’m doing this, but whatever! I’ve worked hard to be a movie star and I don’t have to prove myself every single time. Let’s take our money and run.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, ‘Passengers’ might have been a film which disappointed people back in 2017 but in the past 88 years, a lot of things have changed. We’ve advanced a lot and instead of discarding all the stuff from a bygone era, we’ve invented new ways to use them. And thus, in 2105 AD, ‘Passengers’ is beamed across our planet post 9 PM every night because our research shows that people would go to sleep instantly when they think of watching the film. Listen to the film and sleep like you have never slept before. In the words of Aurora Lane, “If you live an ordinary life, all you’ll have are ordinary stories.” Sadly, ‘Passengers’ turns an extra-ordinary premise into something less than ordinary. It commits the cinematic crime of turning into a boring mess and for that, there is no salvation. Amen.