Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Mini-Review: Passengers (2016)
In this review of Passengers there will be spoilers. So if you haven't seen the movie stop reading now and go see it before continuing.
Chris Pratt, who plays Jim Preston in the film, does a great job before Jennifer Lawrence shows up. It does show the skill of an actor when they can give good performances with no one to bounce off of . Though saying he has no one else in his scenes before Aurora wakes up is lying as there is Arthur the bartender android.
However, the majority of what happens before Aurora wakes up focuses on Jim. Such as when he plays basketball alone or eats alone or dances alone ect.
Just because a person or character is forced into a situation, that doesn't mean they are weak. It is all about how they handle it and by the end of the movie Aurora has come to terms with her new reality. She ends up forgiving Jim and decides to spend the rest of her life with him.
Yep, she was able to decide whether to go back into hibernation or not by the end of the film.
Act 3 of Passengers is when the ship Avalon starts to truly break apart. In Acts 1 and 2 it was slowly starting to malfunction. Little signs that Jim picked up on but didn't think too much of. He was already having to cope with the dreaded isolation he had been dealing with since waking up.
And after he woke up Aurora...yeah....the good and bad parts of love distracted him even further. All he could deal with was what was right in front of him.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) was great until the ending. The problem with that movie's ending was that it erased everything that was built up until then. And, no, I'm not referring to time travel being involved. Time travel, if done correctly, can leave an impact even if timelines are changed.
The ending to Passengers, however, isn't too different from the rest of the film.
The scene was in the trailer but...when you actually get to know him it's much more meaningful.
Jim didn't get on the Avalon and leave everything he knew behind because he was bored. We never get to learn what the Earth in the Passengers universe is like except for Jim's reason for going to Homestead II.
His reason was that Earth was getting too stagnant and he liked to constantly have projects. Traveling to a colony world would offer him more than a few opportunities. His reason for going to the colony planet also explains why he isn't able to have a decent meal until Aurora wakes up.
While watching a video from her friends on Earth, one of them remarks that Aurora never seemed to belong on her home planet. So there might also be a deeper reason for Aurora leaving Earth and then her refusal to go back into hibernation.
*Aurora is Sleeping Beauty's name
*There was no reason for feminists to get all wound up, Aurora was a good character
*This film is a good look at isolation and what it does to people
*Jim tries to commit suicide in the film