Sci-fi is officially the new big thing I think. Horror made a huge comeback and is still going strong, superhero movies are in the same situation, but I have never seen an influx of sci-fi in my lifetime like there is now. Not even in the 80s. And the funny thing is, most of it is really good. The newest flick to hit the shelves features two of the hottest young actors working today in Passengers.
The Starship Avalon is on a 120-year voyage from Earth to a distant colony planet known as the Homestead Colony. 5,258 people are on board to start a new world for humans far into the stars. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is a mechanical engineer in hibernation with the rest of the passengers until his pod malfunctions and wakes him 90 years early. Now stranded with no way to get back to sleep and alone for the rest of his life, Preston tries desperately for a year to find a way to get help or get back to sleep but with no luck. Until another passenger is woken up, Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence). Together they try to find a solution to their situation while developing a relationship that may eventually be strained by one big secret between them.
Passengers got some flack when it played in theatres due to some advance comments that Lawrence’s character was a throwaway stereotypical story device but upon seeing the film for myself I think that was just an unfortunate internet incident. The story was actually thoroughly engaging and fascinating, especially once you come across the twist/secret. I thought the characters were both written very well and their reactions to their situations and how they handled them were very authentic and very much human. Passengers has phenomenal production design with eye-popping sets and special effects but it is a very basic story of human nature at its core. In addition, Pratt and Lawrence both confirm why it is that they are two of Hollywood’s hottest actors, they aren’t just here for their pretty faces. They both bring the story home with some serious gravitas and emotion. Come for the visuals, stay for the great story. Highly recommended.