Looking for a new life, 5,000 passengers go on a 120 year journey to another planet very similar to Earth called Home Base 2. When Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up from his hypersleep 90 years early, he is doomed to spend the rest of his life alone on the ship. That is until Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up. This is where the love story begins.
Their pods aren’t the only glitches, as the ship continues to have more and more issues, some of which are life threatening.
Passengers was definitely geared to grab the attention of teenagers, primarily teenage girls. The producers use actors/actresses that are favored by many high-school students, and the story feels geared toward adolescents, with the main focus being the distressed love story between the two beloved actors, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. If a love story between those two isn’t enough to catch a teenage girl’s attention, then some betrayal and space mishaps surely will.
The film’s goal was achieved as teens would enjoy the movie, but critics not so much. Reviewers admitted the performances and special effects were impressive, but they did not enjoy the overall story. The movie gearing towards towards teens explains why the ratings were so low, with 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, 41% on Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score was 69%. Some teens would not agree with these ratings.
There wasn’t a single dull moment in the entire film. The tear-jerking performances of the two main actors were outstanding as the audiences could truly feel the hurt for everyone involved and felt stuck in between. The special effects were also capable of blowing you away with the beautiful surroundings of space and the insane effects that were required in order to do the “technical difficulties” on the ship, especially toward the end of the film.
The movie is definitely worth a watch. It is a perfect movie for a day out with one’s friends.