By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
I thought the set design is terrific to look at in Passengers, and the real world physics of space travel plausible. This movie got me wondering about the world being left behind. Is the Earth overpopulated and only the rich can afford to leave? The starship Avalon is a luxury cruise ship that Jim (Chris Pratt) finds himself in. Little does he know is that it is slowly malfunctioning–the reason behind his sudden awakening from hibernation–and had he investigated, he might have repaired the vehicle sooner than later.
In what he learns instead is the fact that he will not live long enough to arrive in a new world. He’s a drowning man. That’s until one day, he finds the girl of his dreams (Jennifer Lawrence) and makes the terrible decision to awaken her. She’s an accomplished journalist and has a story to tell, but will it involves Jim? Most likely not, but just what is love exactly?