Passengers has a premise of complete intrigue, set in a very enchanting futuristic environment. The build is wonderful, the cinematography is commendable to say the most, and there’s an interesting coupling of the ridiculously affable Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
The build up is lovely. The movie has you drawn in with moments that have you laugh and others that make you tense. Somehow the enigma of the plot continually keeps growing. The questions keep piling up. And finally….
It all just falls down like a well built set of dominoes being subtly knocked down. Somewhere in the middle of the movie you begin to understand that this is a more a casual romantic comedy, as opposed to the sci-fi drama that seems to be doing its rounds in the industry today.All that suspense of what builds the movie up from the beginning entails a very disappointing finish. Not to forget the steam train of cliches that ride by throughout.
What makes this a little bit more difficult on you is that when you have a movie that primarily has only two actors, that too of the entertain-able calibre as is Pratt and Lawrence, this could have been such a fun fun journey. But eventually, it’s all in vain.
The thing that ruins this movie is not even presumed expectations, but simply how the movie constantly keeps showing promise of it all reaching somewhere worthwhile. A colossally thought out climax would have easily saved this movie.
Morten Tyldum did no wrong, especially when it came to taking on something like Passengers after a magnum opus like Imitation Game. But I’d probably call out on Jon Spaihts for under delivering what could have been a lot lot more interesting a movie. When I heard that Thomas Newman was scoring a Spaiths movie, it got all the more excited because both of them have general expertise in contrasting genres. Needless to say, Newman was fine as always.
If you are looking for a standard romcom, in a well built production, with some of your favourite A-list actors to cater to your leisure movie watching, this oneis perfect.
Anuj is a musician and writer who moonlights as an engineer. Being a massive movie/TV show enthusiast, if only he could get could paid for watching anything and everything. This Hogwarts alumnus is one with the Force, and the Force is one with him.