I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published January 19th 2017
Be Taken For A Ride
Do you like your science fiction with a touch of romance? If so, you may enjoy Passengers. Released on January 1 in Australia, this 116 minute long movie has been panned by critics but I believe you should make up your own mind.
Movie poster (Wikipedia)
The premise of the story is simple, more than 50000 people are travelling in 'assisted hibernation' for 120 years in the starship Avalon to new homes on a distant planet. Asteroid damage causes malfunctions that wake some passengers 90 years early and ultimately threatens the lives of all on board.
I found the film visually stunning and the two main protagonists Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) have a great screen chemistry. Arthur (Michael Sheen), the android bartender, adds a humorous touch.
A lot of the movie does not make sense but do we always expect everything we see at the pictures to agree with what we believe? After all, this is science 'fiction'. I enjoyed attending a movie that had something for both myself and my sci-fi loving husband. Yes, the romance was contrived and the plot did raise a lot of questions. Why was the ship's entertainment/catering facilities fully functioning when no one was supposed to be awake? How come Jim could access special areas of the ship but could not get a decent breakfast or coffee?
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are great to look at and the movie had humour, suspense, romance and adventure. If you don't expect too much and go with an open mind, it is definitely worth a view. Especially, if you have seen all the other new releases.