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Movie Review: PASSENGERS

February 8, 2017

A few weeks ago PASSENGERS, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Pratt starred as Owen in JURASSIC WORLD and Lawrence as Katniss in THE HUNGER GAMES movies, so both were ready to put on the star role and hold a movie down. The film also starred Michael Sheen as Arthur and Laurence Fishburne as Officer Mancuso in smaller roles, but Chris and Jenifer were mostly the show on their own.

PASSENGERS starts with Chris Pratt as James “Jim” Pearston waking up after only 30 years of travel (in what is supposed to be a 120 year trip). He tries to go back to sleep but fails, and finally sees Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) in her bed and, after a year (plus several weeks) of being awake he decides to wake her, too. So he does, but does not tell her it was originally his idea, and together they go about the ship the only two people awake.

Jim throws Aurora a birthday party nearly a year later, in a pub manned by Arthur, who tells her that Jim is the reason she woke up. Jim thought he could trust Arthur with the information but discovers he can’t. So now Aurora spends her time mad at Jim (who is the only other person awake on the ship) until Officer Mancuso wakes up.

Mancuso tells Jim and Aurora to stop fighting and fix the ship. Finally he gets sick, and they find out after sticking him in an Autodoc for scanning that he has more than 600 thing wrong with him. The Autodoc tries to give him a few pills to regularly eat until he succumbs to what is wrong with him (which is only a few hours away now), but Mancuso refuses and leaves the bay. They later find him dressed very wisely in the bay where both of them usually drink whatever they can;t get from Arthur. He tells them he is alright, that he is ready to die, and that the two of them are all the ship has left now. He gives them his ID to fix the ship once he is gone.

Together they find out that the ship was hit two years ago by an asteroid chunk that damaged it and woke Jim up. Jim tries to fix things but in the end discovers he can only fix it by opening the door from outside. He does, taking a shield with him to prevent fire form raining down on him, and while he accomplishes fixing it his tarter break and he floats out to space. Lane barely has time to save him, and finally takes him to the Autodoc to save his life. At first it cannot help him, but she know about using Mancuso’s ID and repeating his catchphrase to get everything working again. She successfully wakes Jim up after telling the board to do everything it can think of to get him back.

Jim then finds out that you could use the Autodoc to put someone to sleep until they get to Homestead II, the planet they are going to, but Aurora knows that only she would be able to put Jim to sleep and live alone on the ship. 88 years later, the ship gets near Homestead II and the passengers and crew wake up to discover Aurora’s book and a tape she made to let people know that she had died, but was happy to have done so with Jim.

A lot of people were very negative about this movie but I honestly don’t see why. Yes it was a story about “Titanic in space”, but I do not think that is a bad thing. I see it as a present to the story being told, which would be hard to do without something happening underneath it.

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