MovieReviewMaven's Review of Passengers

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ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

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Grade: B Rating: PG-13, 116 minutes In a Nutshell: While some movie critics have argued that this film is tedious and boring, I would contend that the film intentionally captures a little bit of what it must feel like to be stranded alone on a spaceship like that. That’s the point. We need each other. Life is meaningless, unless we have someone to share it with. I enjoyed the movie and tried to imagine myself in the same situations, wondering what I would do when faced with the same decisions. It’s a movie less about discovering the great spaces in the universe, but more about humanity and what we find inside our heart. Uplifting theme: “We all have dreams. We plan our futures like we’re captains of our fate, but we’re passengers. We go where fate takes us.” - Aurora “You don’t have to do something amazing to be happy.” – Aurora’s best friend. (The actress’ real name is Aurora!) You can’t get hung up on where you’d rather be that you don’t appreciate where you are. “Take a break from what you can’t control.” – Arthur (Michael Sheen) Humanity, companionship, sacrifice, love. Things I liked: Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the most popular actors in Hollywood right now and I liked them together. They’re both extremely talented and charismatic. Incredible views of space. The CGI and real life are blended very well. I wish I had that body scanner/repair machine! I’d also like one of those Roomba-type floor vacuum robots! Jim eats dragon fruit for breakfast. It’s that super alien-looking pink fruit cut in a square that is white on the inside with black polka dots on the inside. Try some! It’s really good in 3D and on the big screen. I loved that swimming pool with a view! It was pretty crazy when the anti-gravity kicked in. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the same guy who did The Imitation Game which I loved. The spaceship design is pretty cool-looking. Aurora is a writer, which always catches my attention (my 21st book was just hit store shelves this month!) Aurora says, “Give me a view of the Chrysler building and I can write all day.” Jim provides that for her in a way which I thought was so sweet. It’s those simple acts of kindness and thoughtfulness for another person that is the essence of love. Things I didn’t like: What you see in the trailer is what you get. Some movie critics have said the film looks like it’s on auto-pilot. If they told this story in a different order, it could have been even more interesting. The “thing” that happens in the third act is super brief. I wish it had been explored more. SPOILER ALERT: I thought it was odd to cast Andy Garcia, because he didn’t even have a line in the movie; any Extra could have done as good a job in that spot. This movie script sat for a long time before anyone picked it up, making you wonder what other directors could have done with it. Interesting lines: “No! You die, I die!” – Aurora (Sounds like a line from the The Hunger Games) “I think we tell each other stories to know we’re not alone, to make contact.” - Aurora “Can’t slogans be true?” – Jim “You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. You kill me.” – Jim “Jim and I live in accidental happiness.” – Aurora Funny lines: “Jim, these are not robot questions.” – Arthur “Jim, I’m not just a bartender. I’m a gentleman.” – Arthur “You went shopping.” – Aurora “I went shoplifting.” – Jim “I was giving you space.” – Jim “Space – the one thing that I don’t need more of.” – Aurora “Ladies love the dress blues.” – Gus Mancuso (Laurence Fishburne) Tips for parents: There are a few moments of Aurora and Jim getting “romantic”, as well as a scene where you see hazy naked figures. Some profanity. Talk of suicide.
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Okfor ages12+