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?