Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Overlooked Movies -- Passengers

Passengers, an SF movie starring Chris Platt, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Sheen, was generally disliked by critics.  I can understand why, but I don't agree.

On a starship with everyone in suspended animation for 120 years, Pratt is awakened early because of a glitch.  He learns that he still has 88 years to go, with only a robot bartender (Sheen) for company.  In that situation, I'd probably do just what Pratt does.  He wakes another passenger (Lawrence).  The critics found this creepy and stalkery.  Maybe it is, but facing 88 years of loneliness, I'd probably do the same.  Of course he doesn't tell Lawrence the truth, which causes trouble later, but there's a lot more serious trouble to come.  Saying what that is would spoil things, so I'll keep mum.

Pratt and Lawrence are charmers, and Sheen just about steals the movie.  The movie looks great, and there's action and romance aplenty.  No need to go out of your way to see it, but there's no need to overlook it, either.


pattinase (abbott) said...

I know we saw this but I can't remember whether we liked it or not. Sad.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

We saw it and liked it. Scott and I are more into science fiction stuff than Sandi is, but she liked it too. Like you, Bill, I got why it was panned, but I thought it was pretty good.

If I remember right, we got it by way of the library so that was cool too.

Jeff Meyerson said...

I didn't like it, despite liking the stars. It was inexcusable what he did, period.

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