Passengers – the worst experience could mean the greatest adventure

Imagine you are on a mission to colonize a planet called Homestead II. The journey is supposed to last 120 years, all passengers are placed in This triggers the tooltiphibernation pods. Suddenly you wake up, you are  groggy but the main computer tells you this is normal. You get scanned and checked and then the computer shows you the way to your room.

On the next day, you get out of your room and realize it’s too quiet. There are 5.000 people inside the ship. But there is no one to be seen.  Who never had a dream or a nightmare similar to this? This is how the movie Passengers begins. What would you do in a situation like this? You still have 90 years before arriving at the new planet and before the others wake up. You have 90 years of solitude before you.

Passengers – a summary

Starship Avalon is taking 5 thousand colonists plus crew to another planet. This journey will take 120 years and the passengers are supposed to wake up 4 months before arrival.  During the journey, though, the ship encounters an asteroid belt and gets hit. This causes a malfunction and one passenger is now awake: mechanical engineer Jim Preston.

After a whole year of isolation, having only an android bartender  as company, Jim is desperate. He is thinking about suicide. Meanwhile he tried everything possible to go back to hibernation or to access the bridge of the spaceship without success. One day, as he is checking the pods he sees Aurora Lane’s pod and starts falling in love with her. He sees her video profile, reads her books (she is an author). It is almost as if he knew her.

There comes the big question and struggle. Should he wake her up and sentence her to die on the ship with him? If yes, how could he ever tell her the truth? She would certainly hate him, wouldn’t she? In the beginning he lets her think an anomaly woke her up too. But he knows, he will have to tell her the truth someday.

 

Thoughts and opinions

No surprise here, it is a sci fi movie again. Even though the story had some big problems, the special effects  and the pace of the story pleased me a lot, in general. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and she works quite well with Chris Pratt. But the way Jim started stalking Aurora’s life and woke her up is a bit creepy, if you ask me.

 

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Yes, in the end everything is oK and they live happily ever after on the spaceship. On their own private world, quite literally. But he did sentence her for a premature death when he decided to wake her. Did he have a right to do that? I don’t think so. After she wakes up we find out all the plans she had for the future, all the things she wanted to do and accomplish.  She wanted to see the future. To be the only person alive to have had the experience of going to a colony and going back home 200 years later. Without aging much. And he took that away from her.

Is a love story really worth it? What’s worse, when he woke her up and got obsessed about her he did not know if it was going to work. If they would have chemistry, get along. He was very selfish in my opinion. Or am I being too rational here? Maybe he thought it was love at first sight. And love conquers it all, right? But isn’t trust a big part of it too?

What do you think? What would have done in such an impossible situation?

 

 

 

Who knew breaking out of prison could be so much fun: a Prison Break marathon

When I heard Prison Break was having a revival I decided to have a Prison Break marathon and to watch all the old episodes before it started. I must admit I was positively surprised by how much I liked it. The producers found (in most episodes) a way to keep us hooked to the story. Always wanting more. Always wanting to watch the next episode as soon as possible.

Here goes a trailer in case you don’t know what I’m talking about or if you aren’t so sure if you watched it or not.

Prison Break – the plot

Basically, the series starts as Michael Scofild tries to break his brother out of prison. His brother Lincoln was accused of killing the vice-president’s brother.Lincoln swears he didn’t do it. And his brother believes him. So we spend all of the first season inside the prison, preparing for the escape. As the plan develops some other inmates get involved in the project. Some of them are not such good people. Or maybe they are.

Season two focuses on  what happens to them right after they escape the prison. The life on the run. Being hunted by the police, FBI and the Company. Some stick together longer, while others go their own ways right after the escape.

Season 3 was a shorter one, as Michael is sent to prison in Panama. Michael and Sara were already on the boat, with the money, readyto go when everything changed. Michael ends up in Sona, which is a prison that is run by its own inmates. There, Michael has to deal with the rescue from a man wanted by the Company. This time he only has a week to do it.

The fourth and final season shows their lives after the escape from Sona. The Company is still after them. But this time they decide to change the game and to attack the Company first. Everyone is after something called Scylla, so Michael decides they are going after it too. They find some strange and unexpected allies along the way. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies.

My thoughts

I loved the way season one started. It had the right amount of adrenaline, drama, love, funny moments. They also managed to find a way to inspire those, who like myself like to ponder about life, to think about some key issues. What are we ready or capable of doing for the people we love? When is time to give up? Is there ever time to give up? Does the end always justify the means? Throughout the series Michael is conflicted with decisions like that. He has to hurt people he cares about to be able to help others, for example. Is that worth it?

For me, seasons 1 and 2 were amazing. Of course, sometimes they pushed it a little too hard. Making Michael face a few too many problems. But disappointing was season 3. Maybe I was not the only one, as the season only had 13 episodes. Not sure if they cut it short because the ratings were bad or if that was the plan all along. In season 4 they picked it up again. They changed things a little, but as with so many series before and after, at some point we get fed up with seeing the same scenario over and over again.  The ending itself was quite surprising, though as one of the main characters died.

One of the things I liked the most about it were the complex and complicated relationships. As friends, like the one between Sucre and Michael or even the one that forms between Michael and Mahone (the FBI agent hunting them in season 2). But also to see how some people like T-Bag try to change.Is it possible to change who we are? How much is the environment responsible for who we become?

 

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Revival – what to expect

I am not sure what to expect from this Prison Break revival. From what we already know, we will be sent back to prison with the main character. Is this going to leave a sour taste of déjà vu? Maybe. I must admit that I am at the same excited and worried. It feels a lot like we are going to see it all over again, just in a new country. I hope they got creative and changed it up a bit.

Here you can see a video explaining a bit of what to expect from it. It also shows a lot of the actors working on i giving their points of view. Enjoy! 😉


Another independence day – 20 years later

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Do you remember the original Independence Day movie? It wasn’t that great but it had the advantage of being the first of its kind. After that, science fiction movies became big again and also the way Hollywood presented us alien invasion movies had changed. I still remember the scene when the spaceships appeared and were so big, they blocked the sun casting a huge shadow. That, for me, was impressive.

 

In the second semester of last year a sequel was released. I only watched it last weekend, though. The ratings were not so good, so I was not that excited about it and waited a bit. Although it has many elements from the first movie, this time it did not impress me. Maybe because this kind of production got so much better after the original started this movement. I almost feel like for a sci fi, it was a good comedy. If you know what I mean.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the special effects were spot on! They also managed to bring back many of the original actors. It was nice to see that it was not just a sequel in the name. But I found myself laughing more than worrying about the invasion! There is something seriously wrong with this film. I only wanted to bite my nails towards the end when some of the good guys were being attacked from all sides and the maneuvers they did were pretty cool and you stopped breathing for a second there.

Other than that, even  the romantic couple was not that impressive. A shame really. The movie had so many great elements but something was missing to glue it all together with just the right amount of adrenaline. The fact that some other species heard our distress call and decided to come and help was pretty cool, though. Of course, we took our allies down 🙁 Another interesting point is that, in the movie, humanity united after the attack. They also managed to save and use some of the alien technology to improve life on earth. That was a nice touch!

Towards the end we see them talking about intergalactic relations and travelling. Is there maybe a third movie coming? I know Star Trek already deals with intergalactic relations gracefully but I would like to see a new perspective to that. Especially because the friendly alien says there is a planet full of refugees from other planets destroyed by our common enemy. I guess we will have to wait and see!

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