By Zoe Moore
“Passengers” is a movie of ups and downs, to say the least. It is very futuristic and a blend of romance, action, and sci-fi, with humor thrown in. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), the main characters, are very well acted, and the movie is an overall emotional rollercoaster.
The plot follows the Starship Avalon, a futuristic starship travelling through space to colonize another planet. Aboard the starship lie 5,000 passengers who have been put into hibernation, because the journey from Earth to the colony world, Homestead II, will take 120 years. Preston and Lane, two passengers, wake up early, way too early after about 30 years, trapped on a fancy cruise-ship-like starship for their lives.
Preston’s decision process between moral and immoral choices towards the beginning of the movie is something that will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure. He toys between doing the right thing and the wrong thing, in a way that’ll have you wishing for one side or the other.
Preston and Lane fall in love, with no one else awake apart from a bartending robot. Their relationship is dramatic, to say the least, and a feeling of hopelessness sets in as they struggle to try and return to the hibernation, which would bring them back the life that they set out for. However, they are eventually faced with saving the ship from destruction.
There are a few aspects of the movie that are not very realistic. For example, Preston and Lane figure out a way to go back into hibernation, but it includes the autodoc in the infirmary. There’s only one infirmary in the whole ship, so they can’t both go back to sleep. This doesn’t make sense because the 5,000 passengers are scheduled to wake up months before they arrive at Homestead II, and one infirmary for 5,000 passengers plus crew members in unrealistic. If this was real life, they’d put more than one infirmary for so many people.
The ending of the movie is unexpected but pleasant. However, it leaves the audience with a vague, unsatisfactory feeling, as if the plot wasn’t complete. Still, the movie is enjoyable and entertaining. Will they be able to fix the malfunction that woke them up in the first place? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.