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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Passengers (2016)

A starship is transporting 5,000 colonists to a new planet. As the journey will take 120 years, the passengers are placed in hibernation chambers. However, something goes wrong and one of the passengers (Chris Pratt) is awakened from hibernation 90 years too soon. With only an android (Michael Sheen) for company, he debates doing a highly unethical (in fact, immoral) act and thus the stage is set. Directed by Morten Tyldum (THE IMITATION GAME), near the halfway mark I began thinking about GRAVITY (2013) and wishing I was watching it, not a good sign when you're watching another movie. I bring up GRAVITY because there are some similarities except that GRAVITY is a contemporary sci-fi masterwork. PASSENGERS is not. At best, it's a space romance with a little action thrown in to wake us up at the end. Pratt's character lost all my respect by an unconscionable act and all my empathy went toward Jennifer Lawrence as another passenger. Lawrence and Pratt are such likable actors with a real presence that they make the film's rough spots easier to endure. With Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia.  

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