In so many sci-fi thrillers, survival in the face of impossible odds appeals to be savior when you’re out of idea. Passengers Online HD has that common ideal, but the crew want to set it apart from other movies making it one of the most troublesome movies in recent years.
Passengers Online HD has everything going for it. Its cast include two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Its glossy futuristic visuals, romance and a twisty sci-fi concept from Jon Spaiths. However, Passengers full movie isn’t about two people who get woken up and fall in love amid the stars, as the trailer suggest. The movie’s big “twist” is that Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes Aurora Lane (Jenifer Lawrence) against her will.
The Passengers movie story begins with Jim being waken up 90 years too early. The 4,999 other passengers and 500 crew members are still fast asleep, and Jim can’t get his pod to put him back into hibernation, so he spends a year alone on the ship. The only other person he has to talk to is robot bartender Arthur (Michael Sheen). In one sequence that’s practically Cast Away in space, Jim grows a beard, wears dirty raggedy clothes and slowly begins to lose his mind from loneliness and isolation. He even contemplates suicide, but then he sees Aurora. Jim fawns over Aurora and becomes obsessed. He hacks the ship’s computer to watch her recruitment videos over and over.He eats his cereal beside her pod each morning. Finally, he decides to wake Aurora up staging it as another ship malfunction. Aurora fall in love with Jim because she has nothing else to do. The film also keeps insisting that Jim is so sweet and charming, regardless of the fact that he selfishly took Aurora’s life and dream for his own pleasure. The second act is a love story out of a B-grade rom-com. Aurora and Jim dance in a virtual reality DDR game. They rip each other’s clothes off and have sex in swanky bedrooms. They go on dates, gaze at passing fireballs and make the most of their private hell. The love story goes on until Aurora discovers Jim’s secret and accuses him for murder her.
Passengers Online HD movie goes from having a clever premise to an unethical one that romanticizes stalking in a Stockholm syndrome love story, and the ending is even worse than everything that comes before it. The problems have gone way beyond the story, it’s the crew behind the scene causing problems. Director Morten Tyldum wastes his two lead actors while Spaihts’ dialogue needs a lot of improvement. At least, Tyldum photographs the handful of action sequences well. Sheen also lends his scenes some humor and Laurence Fishburne does his best to build a minor role into something that comes close to heartfelt.
If Passengers Online HD was about two people trapped in space and fell in love, it would be a pretty decent sci-fi adventure. However, the movie suggests that consent doesn’t matter with codes stalking as romance and lionizes its male lead while turning its female character into a love-sick damsel. If you want smart sci-fi this holiday season, go see Arrival. I would not recommend anyone watch Passengers unless they need reference for worse movie.