Passengers falls flat


Jaimie Trueblood

In the Infirmary, Jim (CHRIS PRATT) and Aurora (JENNIFER LAWRENCE) realize they have limited options in Columbia Pictures’ PASSENGERS.

Michaela Cavataio, Features Editor

When walking out of a movie theater, many people want to feel inspired, surprised, saddened, or satisfied. But those exiting their seats when the final credits for Passengers begin will mostly likely feel disappointed and empty. Morten Tyldum’s latest science fiction thriller may contain an impressive cast list, including Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as the main protagonists, but it falls flat when addressing the unique plot and action potential. The story takes place aboard a starship in the midst of travelling to a new planet, carrying 5,000 civilians who will live there. The 120-year expedition is shortened for Jim (Chris Pratt) when he wakes from his hibernation 90 years too early. Lonely, Jim soon wakes Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) after creepily staring at her sleeping body for months. The movie could have been great, but the script and action falls short of even just boring. The love story is clichéd and the plot does not progress. Overall, the theme of the movie stands on its own as interesting and uncommon but the end product cannot measure up.