Rent Passengers (2016)

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Synopsis:
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers, Aurora and Jim, onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, Ori Marmur, Neal H. Moritz
Voiced By:
Emma Garner-Clarke, Chris Edgerly, Fred Melamed, Matt Corboy, Jon Spaihts
Writers:
Jon Spaihts
Others:
Guy Hendrix Dyas, Thomas Newman, Gene Serdena
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/05/2017
Run Time:
111 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian
Bonus:
  • On the Set with Chris Pratt
  • Casting the 'Passengers'
  • Creating the Avalon
  • Outtakes from the Set
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BBFC:
Release Date:
08/05/2017
Run Time:
116 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Russian, Ukrainian
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian
Bonus:
  • On the Set with Chris Pratt
  • Casting the 'Passengers'
  • Creating the Avalon
  • Outtakes from the Set
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers
  • Book Your Passage: Looking for a new life? Learn more about the Homestead Company. See what awaits you
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/05/2017
Run Time:
116 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Russian, Ukrainian
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian
Bonus:
  • On the Set with Chris Pratt
  • Casting the 'Passengers'
  • Creating the Avalon
  • Outtakes from the Set
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers
  • Book Your Passage: Looking for a new life? Learn more about the Homestead Company. See what awaits you
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/05/2017
Run Time:
116 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Subtitles:
Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Simplified Mandarin, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese

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Reviews (12) of Passengers

Evocative man-in-space movie - Passengers review by Alphaville

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are stuck on the spaceship Avalon, the only passengers to have awoken early from suspended animation. For the first half-hour this is one of the most evocative portrayals of man alone in space since Kubrick’s 2001. This is despite the fact that we know Lawrence is going to appear because her picture’s on the poster. Note: make sure to avoid the awful tell-all trailer.

The remainder of the film focusses on the relationship between the two. It would be a corny love story were it not for the exotic location and the deftness of its handling. The set design and visuals are stunning throughout. Unfortunately the last act degenerates predictably into the standard explosive nonsense.

Like 2001, Passengers proves that you don’t need Aliens, Predators and other monsters to make an engrossing space movie. It looks amazing and it deals with moral and existential issues that, for most of its run-time, add a much-needed grown-up feel to current Hollywood output.

5 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Andy who? Andy Where? - Passengers review by NC

Dont blink, or you may miss Andy Garcia....hope he wasn't actually paid for his half minute!

Have to give it a 4 as Gravity was just so pitiful. Almost nobody in the film. The two main people carry it right through. Must have been about 1/6th the price of Gravity.

Hunger Games lady is not exotic, but has some way of keeping attention going, and credibility.

Sheen is great fun as the barman, looks even more like Tony Blair. Even has the robotic smile!!!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

good story - Passengers review by gazmb

I enjoyed this , most of the film carried by the two main actors , good idea of a story in the future , people paid money to be put in stasis to travel to far away planet , but one wakes up to early. Gets lonely after a year alone and would die of old age before the ship reaches it destination.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Passengers review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Passengers uses science fiction as a Hollywood dressing to tout Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. It’s a story that gives them plenty of room to emote with madness, gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes, make passionate love and run from explosions while they shout. And that’s all the story does as it whips up a preposterously contrived and morally devoid script that begins with clever ideas and ends as brainless dreck.

Jim (Pratt) is the only passenger out of 5000 that has awakened from cryogenic stasis while on a commercial transport to a new planet. Due to a major system malfunction, he has awoken ninety years too early and will not survive the voyage. He tries to awake the crew, but they are all in restricted areas that cannot be accessed by regular passengers. There’s no way to reactivate his pod and seeking help from Earth is impossible. He’s going to die alone on this ship. At least he has a plethora of entertainment, food and robots to keep him busy. The robot butler (Michael Sheen) provides a modicum of conversation.

Of course, solitude takes its toll after a year and suicide becomes a contemplated escape. He’s given up on not only trying to find some way to alert the crew, but also solving the issues of the multiple power outages and malfunctioning robots. That’s apparently not as important as it is for Jim to find another human to spend his remaining days with. If the story wants to take this detour, that’s fine, but serious moral questioning comes into play where he must make the tough decision of deciding to awake someone from cryosleep and doom them to a death on a starship. Well, it isn’t too tough considering how much he fancies Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence), a writer from New York. Jim reads up on her bio and work, determining that she would be the most suitable companion. Or perhaps she just looks the most like a movie star.

Jim initially lies about Aurora’s pod malfunctioning so that the two can be a couple long enough for some romance before she discovers the truth and a fight begins. It’s unfortunate that the movie treats this very interesting angle of a sci-fi romance more as a forgettable plot point than a core of moral questioning. Aurora has been condemned to death by one man’s loneliness, but seems to forgive Jim quite easily with some makeup sex. After all, why would they stay mad at each other? Pratt and Lawrence are both big name actors. They can’t hate each other because general audiences would hate that.

Further downgrading any coherent thought in this movie is the dismal third act that degrades into sci-fi action shlock 101. It appears there’s a problem with the reactor and it must be repaired, but then automatic venting must be activated manually. But the manual control doesn’t work and it must be shut off from outside the ship. But the controls outside the ship won’t stay open unless blah, blah, blah. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger is staged to create some tension as if to makeup for the fact that the movie fails as smart science fiction and soapy romance. I forgot to mention that in order for the reactor to get to this point of disarray, the characters must ignore it until the last possible moment of danger, even when they have finally reached the reactor room and realize something is wrong. The movie must stop so that we can have a scene of Jennifer Lawrence swimming in a zero gravity environment.

Passengers plays a nasty trick on the audience by promising so much and delivering on nothing, playing it as safe with dumb Hollywood science fiction and mushy scenes of Pratt and Lawrence in a forced romance. The movie deserves some credit for featuring special effects as grand as its leads, but it’s all in the service of a script that is either bereft of ideas or watered down to drivel by executive meddling. The biggest stars, the most detailed visuals and the most titillating of sex scenes can’t do much to make up for a story that is lacking in any sense of morality, romance or urgency.

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