Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
Age Restriction: 10–12PG S V
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Release date: 30 December 2016
Having two of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment – Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt – co-star in a film together is undoubtedly one of Passengers' biggest draws.
The Sci-Fi film also marks director Morten Tyldum's follow-up to the Oscar nominated, The Imitation Game. So anticipation for the filmmaker's work is at an all-time high.
Another big draw is the film's enticing futuristic premise, where a spaceship called Avalon carries 5000 passengers in a bid to transport them onto another planet.
However, the journey from Earth is set to take 120 years to complete. In order to preserve their mortality for that length of time, the human passengers remain asleep in hibernation pods until their destination is reached.
During the long journey, an unexpected occurrence causes one of the hibernation pods to deactivate resulting in passenger, Jim Preston (Pratt) – a mechanical engineer – to awaken.
Without giving away too much, another hibernation pod deactivates, and out pops writer Aurora Lane (Lawrence).
Realising that they been awakened 90 years too early, Jim and Aurora set out to restore their hibernation pods and find out why their pods malfunctioned.
Instead of trying to create something new and innovative; Hollywood unfortunately adds another average stinker co-starring two of the film industry's biggest names to the list.
There are some innovative ideas in Passengers, but for some reason the ideas fail to live up to the hype.
Passenger's first-half brings fresh and promising ideas to the table, only for them to deviate into generic entertainment in the last-half; along with a safe uninspired ending.
And while the chemistry between Lawrence and Pratt is undeniably impressive, that [chemistry] along with their excellent performances and well written characters are unfortunately not enough to make Passengers that high quality film we'd hoped it would be.
The good news though is that despite its uninspired disappointment, Passengers still has enough oomph to classify it as a pass – but only on average standards unfortunately.
Tyldum ensures that his latest film is gorgeous to look at, featuring slick futuristic designs both inside and out of the spacecraft including space and the rocky asteroids. Ultimately, Passengers' visual effects are out of this world.
Verdict: Passengers discards its promising potential in favour of a safe, generic and average film despite Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt's stellar chemistry. The special effects and cinematography on the other hand are out of this world.