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Drama - Romantic

Passengers (2008)

Duration1h 33m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorRodrigo Garcia
Writers/ScriptRonnie Christensen
StarringAnne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.8/10 by 36,857 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 19% by 31 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10.

Elevator Pitch: After a major plane crash on American soil Claire Summers has the task of counselling some of the survivors, however one of them, Eric wishes to meet her outside the sessions, which she agrees and over time the two become close and then become lovers. Meanwhile the remaining people at the sessions gradually fail to attend and Claire sees people watching her, so it seems. She is confronted by Arkin, another survivor at various times, who finds fault with her activities, particularly her relationship with Eric. She attempts to contact her estranged sister unsuccessfully. What is going on?

Content: There is sex, but decorously presented without any actual nudity. Claire investigates the plane crash. She meets the people she is counselling as well as her supervisor. Her interaction with Eric seems, if anything, a bit unwise particularly since he seems a bit odd. At one point they go out in his boat and they jump into the water. This is incredibly unwise by the way. Your boat will drift away. Eric also seems to be trying to be run over, and eventually stands on a railway line in front of a train. The train has no effect on him.

A View: This film grinds slowly along, giving up clues as to what is happening, sometimes, in my view, incorrectly, so when we finally get to the conclusion you feel like banging your head against a hard surface. It cost about $25 million and returned about $6 million. I felt when all was finally revealed that I had wasted an hour and a half of my time. Well actually not quite, I have watched it so you don’t have to. 

Here are a few Anne Hathaway films reviewed on this site which I liked better: Ocean’s Eight, Colossal, Dark Waters.      

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