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2016, Space Travel

PASSENGERS

Released 2016 Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s script Jon Spaihts
Director Morten Tyldum
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
Elevator Pitch An intergalactic spacecraft on a 120 year journey with 5000 passengers and 200 crew in stasis hits a meteor shower with 90 years to go and as a result one man is woken up. With no-one but a robot barman to talk to he gives in to temptation and wakes up a young woman, sentencing her to the same life – and death. Will she find out what he has done, and if so what next…?
Content Many shots of the space ship (impressive), and the galaxies as if through the Hubble telescope. Time spent in the bar with the robot barman. Various locations in the interior of the spaceship – there is a lot of space. Some romance, and a bit of non-revelatory sex. A bit of tension, including space walks in the second half.
A View This was disliked by most critics, mainly because they felt it drifted away from the central theme, but actually what happens in Act 3 is dependent on it. It was reasonably well thought of by most of the public, and for me it was just a bit of a fairy story, with overtones of 1960s StarTrek (She will’na take it Captain!). My wife thought it was “OK”, an accolade for a sci-fi film.

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