Hoo boy, this review is going to be a doosey...
***WARNING!!! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT YET SEEN THIS MOVIE, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.***
Would you like to see Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in a movie together? If your answer is yes, then please make sure that the movie is something other than 2016's Passengers
. I swear, this film looked so promising when I first saw the trailers, but when I actually saw it, well...
At first, the film's premise starts off promising. A spaceship on a 120-year journey to another planet is struck by an asteroid belt, causing one of the passengers (played by Chris Pratt) to wake up 30 years too early. At first, he enjoys the isolation and free space to himself, even befriending a robotic wise-cracking bartender, but as time goes on, and too early into the film I might add, he is driven mad from being alone for too long. This would've worked a lot better if he had gone mad at about the end of the second act right before the climax starts.
The problems of the film really kick into high gear when Chris Pratt at his most insane discovers Jennifer Lawrence sleeping in a hibernation pod, and is instantly smitten. What does he do after he first lays eyes on her? Simply leave her alone? No. Admire her sleeping from afar and do nothing to her? No. How about look up all of her personal information, what she does for a living, and even INTENTIONALLY WAKING HER UP FROM HER HIBERNATION JUST SO HE WON'T BE ALONE. Now that I think about it, him waking her up would maybe work a lot better if it was the climax where everything goes haywire and he absolutely needed someone to help him, ergo, he would explain the situation to her when he woke her up. But no, instead, he manipulates her into thinking that she woke up on accident, just like him. And as time goes on, the two of them begin to fall in love. Can you say Stockholm Syndrome?
Even though C-Pratt makes the robotic bartender promise to keep what he did a secret, the bartender still tells J-Law anyway, on her birthday no-less. Not only do we get the Liar Revealed cliche when J-Law learns the truth, but we also get one of my most hated cliches: the emotional breakup. An emotional breakup only works if both parties are on the same terms or if it's done calmly (La La Land
, and even Yogi Bear
and A Million Ways to Die in the West
), not if there's physical violence, shrieking / screaming at the top of your lungs, or both. Even when the climax comes full force, it's still not enough to make up for all of the nonsense that occurred after C-Pratt did his dirty deed; and even though she has no reason to at all, J-Law still for whatever reason, even though she was intentionally woken up, gets back together with C-Pratt after the climax is over and she spends the rest of her days alone with C-Pratt and no one else aboard the giant spacecraft that she could've been spent asleep and would've had a much better life on the new planet if C-Pratt hadn't done anything.
So, all in all, while a few people may like this movie, I personally hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE this film with a passion. Even if it was offered on cable for free, I still wouldn't recommend it.
Passengers (c) 2016 Sony
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