“Passengers” is a fascinating movie that works especially well due to its lead actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Left in other actor’s hands, it probably doesn’t hold the audience’s attention as well. Lawrence and Pratt have chemistry in this “Titanic”-like story, with the plot taking place in space. However, the ending is a bit happier than that of the ill-fated Titanic.
An interstellar ship, which holds 5,000 passengers, is bound for Homestead ll to establish a colony. The journey will take 120 years with the passengers in suspended animation. However, a technical failure results in Jim Preston’s (Pratt) hibernation pod opening early. He lives alone for an entire year, as he is unable to awaken any fellow passenger or crew member. He only has contact with an android bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen). He swims, plays basketball, and tries to fill his need for companionship, but to no avail. Finally, after contemplating suicide, he frees a writer from her hibernation pod, a beautiful young woman named Aurora Lane (Lawrence). He had watched videos of interviews with her and found her to be interesting and lively. Thinking she was freed accidentally, she soon takes to Jim as he does to her, and they become a couple, falling passionately in love. Then she learns he purposely freed her, and she becomes as cold as an iceberg to him. Only a tragedy, and her dawning realization of how lonely Jim was, allows her to mend her relationship with him.
Jim finds a way to send her back to sleep in her hibernation pod. Will she accept? Or is she happier to stay awake now? Many of their challenges include the possibility of the ship burning up. It’s unfortunate, but due to nudity and sexual situations, we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this intelligently written film.