Passengers

Theatrical Release: December 21, 2016
Passengers

Synopsis

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Dove Review

“Passengers” is a fascinating movie that works especially well due to its lead actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Left in other actor’s hands, it probably doesn’t hold the audience’s attention as well. Lawrence and Pratt have chemistry in this “Titanic”-like story, with the plot taking place in space. However, the ending is a bit happier than that of the ill-fated Titanic.

An interstellar ship, which holds 5,000 passengers, is bound for Homestead ll to establish a colony. The journey will take 120 years with the passengers in suspended animation. However, a technical failure results in Jim Preston’s (Pratt) hibernation pod opening early. He lives alone for an entire year, as he is unable to awaken any fellow passenger or crew member. He only has contact with an android bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen). He swims, plays basketball, and tries to fill his need for companionship, but to no avail. Finally, after contemplating suicide, he frees a writer from her hibernation pod, a beautiful young woman named Aurora Lane (Lawrence). He had watched videos of interviews with her and found her to be interesting and lively. Thinking she was freed accidentally, she soon takes to Jim as he does to her, and they become a couple, falling passionately in love. Then she learns he purposely freed her, and she becomes as cold as an iceberg to him. Only a tragedy, and her dawning realization of how lonely Jim was, allows her to mend her relationship with him.

Jim finds a way to send her back to sleep in her hibernation pod. Will she accept? Or is she happier to stay awake now? Many of their challenges include the possibility of the ship burning up. It’s unfortunate, but due to nudity and sexual situations, we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this intelligently written film.

Content Description

Sex: An unmarried couple have sex; clothed woman straddles man; side view of nude woman straddling nude man; man and woman seen in bed a few times with him shirtless and the woman's bare shoulders are seen.
Language: H-3; S.O.B.-1; S-1; D-4; s*rewed-2; b*te me-1
Violence: A woman's arm is injured and blood is seen on her arm; an angry woman punches and kicks a man; an accident blows flames at a man and thrusts him, in his space suit, out into space.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes; the drinking of whiskey and wine; the ordering of a manhattan drink; champagne; several bottles of alcohol are seen behind an android bartender; character appears to be drunk.
Nudity: Rear male nudity in a couple of scenes; man and woman seen from the side nude but male genitalia is not seen; partial side view of woman's breast seen for a moment; cleavage in several scenes; man and woman in shorts; woman's thigh seen as she lies in bed; shirtless man; woman's bare shoulders seen in bed.
Other: A man faces loneliness for a time when his hibernation pod opens up before it is supposed to; a man misleads a woman into thinking her hibernation pod opened up early when he, in fact, released her early; tension between characters; death and grief.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Sony/Columbia
Writer: Jon Spaihts
Director: Morten Tyldum
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 116 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13