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cookie cutter writing with characters who lack common sense.
Good movie, not the most epic film in the world but the kind of movie you want to snuggle up with at home, it's about the struggles of a couple on a 120 year trip only to find themselves awake 90 years earlier. Decisions are made, love and hatred is brewed in there loneliness as they try to figure out how to get back in to hibernation.
The whole movie prompts a sense of wonderment: at how boring, dumb and vacant it is; how it fails to give its co-stars enough to do; how the tone changes from one moment to the next; how presumably hard-headed businessmen could have sunk so much money into such a feeble script (the production values are impressive, albeit antiseptic); and, most importantly, how the script raises a crucial question of ethics, then comes up with the wrong answer.
It's a small, intimate chamber piece with beautiful camerawork and gorgeous art direction ... until it loses its way in a wrongheaded bid for sci-fi greatness.
While Passengers offers a few shrewd observations about our increasingly tech-enabled, corporatized lives, its heavy-handed mix of life-or-death exigencies and feel-good bromides finally feels like a case of more being less.
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- The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
- Things do not instantly freeze in space as shown. Any water vapor not taken out with the air in Jim's suit would dissolve into a cloud of very fine crystals. It couldn't frost up his visor in the way shown.
- [seeing Aurora in a beautiful black dress]
- Jim Preston: Wow.
- Aurora: You clean up pretty good yourself.