Flash Movie Review: Passengers

THE word “home” is one of those words that can immediately stir up the emotions inside a person. For some hearing that word brings childhood memories such as family dinners around a large oak table topped with a linen tablecloth or being taught by your parents the rules to a new game you received for your birthday. Other individuals may hear the word “home” and immediately feel an icy sense of dread stealing down their spine or a fitful night of sleep caused by deep hunger pains. No matter the circumstances, a home can have a powerful affect on each of us.   WHEN friends of mine who grew up out of state talk about going home for the holidays, I take that to mean they are going to visit their family and friends back where they grew up. That does not stop me from sometimes asking what they mean when they say “home.” I am not trying to be a jerk; I am just curious if they feel like the place they currently live in does not feel like home. I find some of my friends’ answers interesting to my question. Some of them feel if they were in a committed relationship their place would feel more like a home, while others have expressed apartment living is not the same as being in a house. Having grown up in apartments I do understand the difference somewhat since I have been living in a house. However my definition of home has grown to incorporate the city where I was born and live in. There is something else inside of me that defines home and it has nothing to do with the material trappings that demarcate one’s living space; it has to do with the heart. You see any place can be a home if it is built on a foundation of nurturing elements such as comfort, peacefulness, safety and love. Now imagine what the main characters were thinking in this science fiction drama.   DURING a 120 year journey to a distant colony a ship malfunction accidently wakes up from a state of stasis passenger Jim Preston, played Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), ninety years to early. He did not sign up to spend the rest of his life alone on a ship full of non-available passengers. This adventure romance had a string of enticing special effects and sets. With Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, Joy) as Aurora Lane, Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Twilight franchise) as Arthur and Laurence Fishburne (Mystic River, Akeelah and the Bee) as Gus Mancuso; I found myself curious with the story’s concept of long term space travel. The chemistry between Jennifer and Chris felt authentic to me; however, with the poorly thought out script they floundered in their roles. I was bored for the first half of this space romance and was annoyed with the obvious goofs in the scenes. Being selected for a holiday opening I felt this film was not properly thought out in ideas and execution. I am sad to say that this film was not the best choice to leave the comfort of my warm home on a cold day.


1 ¾ stars  




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 28, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I read a premise spoiler online, and i cannot believe what this movie is about. I thought it was a legit Sci-Fi flick. guess not…

  2. My husband wanted to see this movie on Monday after he saw a trailer. I looked it up on Rotten Tomatoes and saw the horrible ratings so we passed. He didn’t want to fight the crowds for the Star Wars movie so just stayed home instead. It appears your rating is spot-on with the rest of the critics.

  3. When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was one I would really love to see in the cinema. Great leads, great concept, mystery… Yours, however, is one of several reviews now that say it’s an ill-conceived mess and – possibly worse – boring. That’s why we chose to see La La Land instead of this (and Arrival wasn’t available at the right time).

  4. I had high hopes for this, but I’m going to wait until it comes out on DVD/digital, so that I can walk out if I want to and not feel like I wasted my money-ish. 😀

  5. I liked it. Perhaps because as a writer, I was filling in the gaps subconsciously. The first half did drag a bit and in retrospect the concept of what could happen or might have happened was intriguing but poorly executed.

  6. Boy the reviews for this one have been all over the place (mostly on the negative end). Kinda glad I waited to rent.

  7. Well said! I appreciated the dry humour in the movie but it was so horrendously mis-sold!

  8. This sounds like it won’t be very good, but I’m leaving it in the queue anyway … 😉

  9. You have nailed it; great review thanks. This film starts as a great sci-fi, but it ends up a complete mashup of rom-com melodrama. Its a mess.

  10. Haven’t seen it nor heard of it. I guess I’ve been under a rock! But I do appreciate the review. Btw…Home to me is where I happen to be at the moment. Happy new year to you! 🙂

    • The movie received a lot of hype building up to the holidays then flopped; you are not missing much. A happy and healthy new year to you and yours; thank you for the comments.

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