Movie review: Passenegrs

So I saw this movie the 24th of December and I was pleasantly surprised by how awesome it actually was.

This review can contain spoilers!

The trailer can be seen here:

Synopsis: The spaceship Avalon is on its journey through space from Earth to the “Homestead Colony”, a supposedly better place to live. It’s a 120 years long journey and everyone on board is in a hibernation sleep, not to be woken up 4 months before arriving their destination. Unfortunately, there are faults in some hibernation pods and two passengers, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) wake up 90 years too early. Together, they have to survive on an empty spaceship with only machines and robots to take care of them, knowing this will be the last place they see before they die.

So, to start, I hadn’t seen the trailer before I went to see the movie, and maybe that’s a good thing because it doesn’t really tell the story. I know most trailers don’t but this movie is a lot better than the trailer makes it seem. As for me, I watched the trailer afterwards and wondered why they put only all the action scenes in it. It makes it seem like there are only explosions and stuff, making it a typical “boy-movie”. But it isn’t.

This movie covers a lot of fears, and sometimes I forgot to breathe because I was so focused on how real it actually seemed. I mean, floating through space to other planets is already something that is realized. The part of moving to another planet isn’t, but it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if we all would still be living when that happens.

There are things that confuse me though, I mean, it’s a movie so that should be enough explanation, but if this were a real thing happening, I’d handle these situations differently:

  • Why did they assume the hibernation pods couldn’t break? Everything can break. Literally everything.
  • Why didn’t they have any living staff on board? Even when everything goes right, it’s good to always have someone on board. Robots can’t fix everything. I’d have a staff be alive and breathing for at least 10 years, with half of it continuously changing every 5 years. That way, the “old” staff can make sure the “new” staff knows everything and do everything they can in those 10 years. Then, the “old” half can go into hibernation sleep, and a “new” half of the staff awakes, and that goes on and on.
  • At the end, why didn’t Jim and Aurora share the pod? They would’ve both lived by the end of the journey, by taking turns of sleeping for 10 years or so. But maybe that’s done because it’s a movie and it’s gotta have an ending somehow.

The part where Jim goes outside in space for the first time both amazed and scared me. I’m not afraid of a lot of things, but the idea of flying through space and also having no gravity at all? No thank you. Nonetheless, it was quite beautiful.

Another thing I want to point out is how this movie dealt with the thing never seeing anyone you know ever again because I don’t think I could just do that. Both Jim and Aurora had their tough phases but when they started to realize they were stuck, and decided to make the best out of it was really cool.

Overall this movie was really awesome, and I’d recommend it to everyone.

Have you seen this movie? Please tell me you thought it was as awesome as I did!

-Luci


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