Movie night in: Passengers

19th May 17 | Entertainment

Xposé favourites Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are stuck out in space, but do we want to go along for the ride?

By Richard Waters (@richmwaters)

Xposé favourites Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are stuck out in space, but do we want to go along for the ride?

In the middle of a 120 year journey with 5000 colonists and 258 crew members to resettle on a new planet, Jim Preston (Pratt) wakes up 90 years early from hibernation. Discovering he cannot go back to sleep nor receive help from anyone outside the ship, he is fated to live out the rest of his life during the journey through space. Over a year in, with the pressure of loneliness getting to him, Preston makes the choice to wake up fellow passenger Aurora Lane (Lawrence), whom he has become infatuated with, dooming her to the same future he has.

Released to initial lukewarm responses, Passengers is far from a perfect film, certainly lacking in it's finale (the last two minutes might cause you to pull a muscle while rolling your eyes) and it tries to cater to both a romance crowd and an action crowd with varying degrees of success. That said, there is an intriguing story in here to sink your teeth in to, and Pratt and Lawrence have great chemistry. Being put in a tough scenario, their entire relationship is built upon his lies to her, and things can inevitably only go one way. 

There was a bit of a hubbub when the film hit cinemas because Pratt is essentially a 'nice guy' (ie. a man who feels he is owed good things because he is nice) and the film seems to expect the audience to think that's OK because it's Chris Pratt, but the story is much more enriching when you place yourself in the character's shoes and face the extremes someone will go to when isolated and lonely, and the consequences of such actions.

Passengers is most effective as a film about relationships and lies, and what can and cannot be forgiven, especially in strenuous circumstances. If it wasn't for a muddled final act, it'd be a cracking flick, but as it stands, it makes for a passable evening's entertainment.

And who doesn't love Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence?

Passengers is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and on VOD now.

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