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Movie : Passengers (2016)


I have so many mixed feelings about this movie that I don't know what to really say about it. First, there's the morality issue. Second, there's the sudden romance issue. Thirdly, there's a tinge of Kdrama issue that I am not quite accustomed to seeing in a Hollywood movie. Fourth, there's the sudden appearance and senseless disappearing of some characters. 

Loneliness
We all know loneliness is a killer. Imagine, you're stuck in the middle of nowhere for the rest of your life. There's nobody, no human you can interact with for...the...rest...of...your...life. Dayum....it's quite horrifying, if you think about it. You get to talk to vacuum cleaners and robots but it isn't the same, is it?

But does it mean it is OK to destroy someone else's life because of that loneliness, knowing that the person you have chosen had no say as to whether he/she is willing to accompany you on this ride to the end of your life with you?

Could be better
It could be better if there was more depth to the characters instead of giving us a sweeping overview of their backgrounds...quite generalized and stereotypical, actually. So, Chris is this not-so-smart but very useful in the shed kinda guy. You know, the handy man. Then there's Jennifer the writer, all up-scale, elite, smart and too good for you. A little too stereotypical for a movie that focuses on just these two main characters and it is a waste that not much background was given, except for Jennifer having abandoned some of her friends back home. 

Stunning imagery
If there's a saving grace, it's the CGI. Awesome ship, where can I board it? And that space bungee jump thing? Let me at it. LOL

Sudden betrayal by a bartender who is the only friendly face on board
Was there an explanation as to why the sudden betrayal or tactlessness on the part of the bartender in revealing a secret out of the blue? When? Where? How?

Disappointment with the parallel to Kdrama
You know...the I did this for you, you should love me. The I betrayed you, I killed you but you know what? Love conquers all. Well, in this case, it's more like sex conquers all. Speaking of which, the chemistry between Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence was...hhmm...well...not much to talk about, really. LOL

I've watched a whole lot of Kdramas and to be honest, I watch them because there's not much to think about. It's LURVE, what else is there to think about? And that's what Passengers is like for me. Normally, when I watch a Hollywood movie, I expect to think a little. In fact, I mentally give myself a quick lap around the pool just to make sure that I am ready to bend a little more than usual. With this movie, I didn't even have to. Nothing to think about. 

Chris is stoned, Jennifer rocked
I've not watched any other movies that Chris Pratt has been in but his acting did not impress me except for the last few bits where emotions were absolutely crucial to the scenes. I would say Jennifer Lawrence, in the acting department, carried this movie through. It's a pity since we have only two characters to rely on to move the movie along and we only see Jennifer doing a decent job. Sorry, Chris. You're still cute. *wink*

Overall...slot it in between bus rides 
I give this movie a 6.5 / 10


Watch it when you have absolutely nothing to do and like CGI graphics.

Love,
Marsha
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