Welcome back to the Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be taking a look at Passengers.
Passengers is a sci-fi film following a ship on a 120-year journey to a new colony, with the crew and passengers in stasis for the duration. The film begins when a writer (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and an engineer (Christ Pratt) are awakened 90 years ahead of schedule due to a malfunction with their pods. They quickly discover that that’s not the only thing wrong with the ship, and things go to hell fairly quickly.
The film (written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Morten Tyldum) had spent some time in development hell for about 9 years before finally being greenlit. Apparently it was originally supposed to star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon (kinda glad that they went with Chris Pratt, though), and was supposed to have been directed by Brian Kirk. Then Sony picked up the project, and here we are.
The opening of the trailer kind of makes it look like more of a romantic comedy in space, a concept that I would actually find interesting and would kind of like to see. However, as the trailer goes on, it seems that it’s a bit more standard, with something terrible happening on the ship that the characters then have to react to. That said, both Lawrence and Pratt are very talented and charismatic actors, and should be able to make this work. I also spotted Laurence Fishburne in the trailer, and he’s always a plus.
Also, does the scene with the robot bartender remind anyone else of The Shining, except less terrifying and more quirky? Because that’s the first thing I thought of.
Passengers hits theaters on December 21, in both standard and 3D formats (because all movies have to be released in 3D these days).
Update (12/20/2016): It’s recently come to my attention that the actual plot of the movie is really gross and rape culture-y. So, yeah, I think I’m gonna sit this one out.