The huge-budget science-fiction thriller romance Passengers 2016 Movie Online, featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, is aiming to be one of the most critically razzed films of the year, however I was on its side and until being let down by its ending.
Moviemakers will often box themselves into corners and realize that there’s no way out but breaking through a wall that they’ve created themselves. Then viewers get angry and I just got sad. But not so sad that I can’t make a case for Passengers 2016 Movie Online in general and Lawrence — who does her best effort — in particular.
The issue here is the premise. The setting is a gigantic starship, the Avalon, carrying 5,000 passengers in hung animation who will open their eyes after 120 years to discover that they’re on a fresh, green, unspoiled planet where they can start everything again.
No one should wake up early then but a specifically awful asteroid crashes into one side and Pratt as Jim Preston, an engineer looking for a new life — also a new love — pops up in a new world. He shockingly realize that he has 90 years left in the journey and he can’t possibly go back to sleep or even wake up someone who may know what to do: The staff is sleeping behind locked and unbreakable doors, while the corporation that runs the Avalon is impossible to reach.
His sole companion is an android bartender portrayed by Michael Sheen whose rote, cheerful jokes will only go so far. After more than a year of aching sorrow and loneliness (not to mention drinking), Jim looks into one of the chambers and discovers a gorgeous young blonde. If only…
The absurdities are clear. We are supposed to believe that a huge spacecraft with 5,000 people on board has no precaution whatsoever for getting hit with an asteroid or anything else. (There’s an intentional echo of the Titanic — it’s asteroid-proof). We are asked to believe that no one on board would even budge if the craft was about to blow up.
Sure, 120 years is a long run for a bunch of people to stand guard, but couldn’t each crew member put in a year or two, pass the work, and then go back to sleep? No: We are asked to believe that once the ship leaves, you can wake someone up from deep sleep but not the opposite, even though the aircraft is a small-sized city and the medical facilities hesitate the 21st-century fantasy. “Inconceivable!” – Wallace Shawn in The Princess Bride would say.
Now relax and think Passengers 2016 Movie Online in a way that’s less heavily literal-minded. The setting is inviting. It’s what most of us fantasize of: the chance of escaping a perhaps doomed planet and a nihilistic culture without losing our youth and appearance (or our middle-aged and not completely horrifying looks). The corporation at the center of Passengers 2016 Movie Online sells the fantasy hard (“The jewel of unoccupied worlds!” “Room to grow!”) as corporations will take action, and builds a combination of the QEIIand the Mall of America. The more you spend, the more you get. Jim, who’s poor, will have to pay a part of what he makes on the new planet, meaning he shares something with tons of immigrants making risky trips right now.
The situation is exciting, too. A man with a childish mind-set (he’s supposed to be a somewhat a nerd) goes through hundred stages of sorrow, acceptance, and grief. He keeps busy for a while in his high-tech playground, enjoying uncharged goods in the way of many protagonist-survivors in post-apocalypse movies. A voyeur to his heart, he watches his sleeping beauty — named Aurora Lane — and knows he has the ability to give her life, though at a high cost to her. If Aurora stays in her chamber then Lawrence wouldn’t have top billing, unless Passengers 2016 Movie Online is entirely flashbacks which you understand it isn’t if you’ve watched the trailer. Anyhow, the dumb fool ends up in both heaven and hell all at once.
There’s plenty of good material here and a lot of fun to create with it. The Norwegian director, Morten Tyldum, made a brilliant Jo Nesbo adaptation Headhunters and the less brilliant but short and absorbing bit of Oscar bait, The Imitation Game. He does sophisticated work, which seems especially good given all the mess in most of today’s CGI-packed sci-fi movies. (The little robot vacuum cleaners everywhere are a clever metaphor for how the film is composed and filmed). The writer, Jon Spaihts, has a gift for knowing when to put the little frame ahead of another, so no matter how strange the circumstances are, the psychology seems real. Aurora turns out to be a writer and, after interviewing the only person within a gazillion miles, starts exploring her own feelings. Why did she feel the need to leave Earth to find here true self? As Passengers 2016 Movie Online goes more romantic, our awareness of Jim’s crime keeps interfering the fantasy — as it should.
Jennifer Lawrence is a star by integrity of being both adorable and uncontrollably earthy, a mesmerizing young woman who’d be the first to burst out of laughter if she slips out a fart. When Aurora awakes, Passengers 2016 Movie Online stops being a self-centered boy’s dream and becomes the tragedy of a girl whose life has been swooped away by a self-centered guy — not a rare scenario in the real world. Lawrence can still make you surprise with the depth of her emotions and, in this particular case, rage. How can anyone underestimate a film with such performance like this?
One reason is where the movie aims for. The highest point, with its endless cliffhanger, forces Lawrence to throw all out in a vacuum. (Her emotional arc might work on the stage of the Met with music by Puccini). And the result can be seen as a betrayal of Aurora’s spirit — although it’s possible that many endings were attempted and this one brought satisfaction to all audiences. The whole last act has one or two wonderful moments (another star shows up), but it marks the comeback — or probably the revenge — of formula storytelling. And don’t mention about the final narrative. Just shut your eyes and plug your ears.
What agitates people is the blend of florid romanticism and voyeuristic creepiness — which is entirely what’s interesting about Passengers when the balance is right. Something of Passengers 2016 Movie Online ’s true core can be detected in the presence of Sheen’s bartending android, Arthur. Just below the smiling look he’s ironic, playful, dirty-minded. He’s alternately stabilizing and destabilizing as the story requires. He’s like the spirit of the corporation that follows our every move and will eventually take control of our future. Only a corporate entity could bring such ending like. But only humankind could plan and act out the often delightful case that comes before it.