Starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt
Released: December 21, 2016
Run Time: 1hr 56min
I took some of my vacation time and saw Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Here is a quick review. There aren’t any spoilers. As part of my plan to post more content with greater diversity in topics I want to include more that are spoiler free for movies and television. I hope you all had a Happy New Year and great holiday season! I am excited for what this year has to offer and what I hope will be some great changes to the blog and where I want it to go. Enjoy!
The best part of the movie was how nice it flowed from scene to scene and between each element of the storyline. Lawrence and Pratt are wonderful together and are not only believable as a couple, but they are great as action co-stars. They both equally held their own in the major action sequences of the climax of the film. I really enjoyed the description and details provided for the Homestead company, which seems to have a monopoly on the colonization of other planets and has turned the endeavor into an extremely lucrative business.
Pratt was very impressive at the beginning of the film, where he is alone with the exception of the android bartender played by Michael Sheen. It is difficult for some actors to be able to hold down a movie by themselves for an extended period of time and Pratt made it seem effortless. Speaking of effortless, Sheen was an excellent part of this movie. He was the right balance of computer program, companion and comedian. He handles his role so well and the combination of all three of these actors made for a great story. Lawrence Fishburne, as a deck chief awoken near the climax of the film, was also a nice edition but didn’t flow as well as the other three. His character was brought in to provide a useful tool and some important knowledge but his part was so quick it felt strange. It had a feeling of “wait… we need this information for our lead characters. bring in a crew member.” All of that being said, there were some negatives coming away from Passengers. Without giving any spoilers, as I want this to be a spoiler free review, the ending left me a bit disappointed and was the part I really thought could have been extended by another 20 minutes to really complete the film.
Overall, I have to say it was good. I did come away with some questions, as I said, and a feeling of wanting more, but some might say that is the sign of a good movie. “Always leave them wanting more.”, as the timeless saying goes. If you enjoy an entertaining science fiction movie that, in under two hours, is able to fit in some action, suspense, and a love story, I would recommend checking out Passengers if you are looking to go to the movies.
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