Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in a film together hey? Two of the biggest stars right now, alongside Michael Sheen and Lawrence Fishburne as well? Wow! Great cast right? Is the film great too? Well… Not great, no. But good, yes.
The plot sees the two headliners wake up on a spaceship bound for a new planet 90 years too soon, meaning they will die on this ship. Why did they wake up? That’s a question this film will deal with. The characters meanwhile have to deal with their own mortality as well as some damage sustained to the ship which may prove critical. It’s a fairly simple movie but with a couple of good twists in there. The real foundation the film is built on is the relationship between Pratt and Lawrence. Their romance blossoms as they try to find a way to get back to sleep.
The acting is solid, but Pratt is probably gets more to do here than Lawrence. He’s the main star, but that’s not to say J-Law doesn’t get a lot of good scenes for herself. The special effects are sound when featured, but the design of the ship is wonderful. It’s big, expansive, clean and functional. The design is really good. But really by the end, the film just feels a little, empty. Everything is all good and fine when it’s happening, but by the end it’s fairly forgettable. With the plot, some bits are expected and obvious but no less enjoyable. The acting is the same. But overall the film is just nothing special.
When all is said and done, ‘Passengers‘ isn’t a bad film in any sense. It’s fairly enjoyable and the chemistry of the leads is good. But the drama just falls a little flat which leaves the film as just another average science fiction flick. Enjoyable enough while it lasts, but forgettable and not in desperate need of a re-watch once it is finished.
JACK’S SCORE: 3/5