Movie Review: Passengers

Movie Review: Passengers

Passengers is a 2016 American romantic science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts.

A spaceship on its way to a new solar system and planet is hit by a meteor while passing through an asteroid belt. The damage unlocks a stasis pod and awakens Jim Preston, a mechanical engineer. Problem is, no one else is awake and will not rouse for ninety years.

He goes through the ship, doing what most people would do in his situation until he contemplates suicide and falls next to a pod near Aurora Lane. Jim finds out all he can about her. After debating for months, he rigs her pod to wake her up.

The pair go through the ship, fall in love, and then she finds out the truth. Adding to the drama is that the meteor has damaged the ship’s computer and both Jim and Aurora have to work together to fix it or everyone on the ship will die.

I enjoyed the movie and felt for both characters. Some parts were a bit unbelievable. Like why didn’t the accident awaken a gardener or a school teacher, why a mechanical engineer? I would’ve had the malfunction open several pods and maybe the arousal methods didn’t work except on Jim. Or kept one more person awake but then have them in an accident or have a heart attack.

Overall though, I thought the actors did a great job portraying the characters. The movie had predictable parts. I would’ve liked it better if he’d woken her up because she was the most skilled passenger, but then can’t tell her at first and falls in love with her.

Anyway, here’s another take on Passengers if they had rearranged the movie and made Aurora’s character the POV one – WARNING: Contains spoilers


My rating 3.8 stars out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

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