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Passengers

Rated PG-13 116 minutes 2016

This clunky sci-fi romance from director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) is clearly a metaphor for how life’s uncertainties and the fear of dying alone can breed a selfish and possessive kind of love—the main characters not only actualize it but repeatedly articulate it, as if the audience were too dumb to figure it out. Set sometime in the distant future, the narrative follows two passengers from earth (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) on a luxury spaceship to another colonized planet as they each wake from their hibernation pods about 90 years early, and with no apparent way to return to cryosleep. Ostensibly we're supposed to like Pratt and Lawrence together, yet Pratt’s character does something so unforgivable to Lawrence’s at the outset that their ensuing interactions simmer with a mix of horror and disbelief; they’re appealing actors failed by the film's many contrivances. With Michael Sheen and a great Laurence Fishburne as unambiguous plot devices.

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Official Site: www.passengersmovie.com

Director: Morten Tyldum

Producer: Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, David Householter, Ben Browning, Jon Spaihts, Bruce Berman, Greg Basser, Ben Waisbren and Lynwood Spinks

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Vince Foster, Kara Flowers, Conor Brophy, Julee Cerda and Aurora Perrineau

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