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23rd December
written by Adam

On a spacecraft traveling at the speed of light to a distant planet a strange anomaly wakes Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) from his hibernative sleep pod,trouble is, the flight is only 30 years along on its 120 year journey; a bit later writer Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself awake as well. Now, with various systems failing on board the ship the two are tasked with saving the ship and saving themselves, many question marks hang in the balance, who and what will survive the journey? Written by Jon Spaihts and Directed by Morten Tyldum, this sci-fi adventure/semi romance has a the bones for a strong film and few fun psychological premises along the way but ultimately fails to really send our minds into the stratosphere as the film falls on conventional plot devices to drive its overall narrative. Still, nods to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining come to mind in several scenes involving Michael Sheen (the ships android bartender), telling and magic in their own right, but not enough to carry the whole film. So, paint by numbers it is in this quickly forgettable adventure. Passengers is rated PG-13.

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