Columbia Pictures’ big budget December release Passengers is clearly one of the awaited movies of the year. Current heartthrobs Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.
Reviews have started pouring in. So what do the best critics in the world say about it?!
1. It ends up as nearly as cold and creepy as the space it takes us through. – New York Daily News (Thumbs Down)
2. What, exactly, is this movie trying to be? – Village Voice (Thumbs Down)
3. Given the imaginative setup and the material’s provocative questions about mortality – not to mention the future of humankind – the movie’s neat lessons about the nature of happiness and a life well lived feel too easy, too obvious. – Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Down)
4. “Titanic” in space? No, but it’s certainly a disaster. – indieWIRE (Thumbs Down)
5. An unwelcome thematic stain regarding issues of male captivity fantasy and victimization makes the heroic derring-do that dominates the second half ring laughably hollow. – TheWrap (Thumbs Down)
6. As a directing assignment, it at least proves that The Imitation Game was no fluke: Morten Tyldum can make glossily sexless, space-cadet guff out of whatever half-baked script you throw at him. – Daily Telegraph (Thumbs Down)
7. A slow-moving, heady twist on the space travel sci-fi subgenre that benefits more from Chris Pratt’s dynamic range than Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. – Film Journal International (Thumbs Up)
8. In Passengers, one particular concern seems to haunt the story. How will we cope when everything is automated and there’s nobody at the end of a phone line to talk to when something malfunctions? – Sunday Times (Thumbs Up)
9. This is a touching, heartfelt tale of loss and love for the Gravity generation. – Empire Magazine (Thumbs Up)
10. While Lawrence and Pratt undeniably possess the magic spark of on-screen chemistry, the basic creepiness of this anti-meet-cute extinguishes what the film-makers presumably are hoping is a warm fuzzy glow of spiky, sparky interaction. – The Guardian (Thumbs Down)
11. Essentially amounts to a risable two-hour exhibit of sci-fi Stockholm Syndrome. – Entertainment Weekly (Thumbs Down)
12. “Passengers” is the tale of a lonely guy in space, the drama of an ethical conundrum, a love story featuring two of the hottest actors on the planet, and a turbulent sci-fi action-adventure – and for all of that, it manages to be not a very good movie. – Variety (Thumbs Down)
13. Dreams up one of the most intriguing ‘what would you do?’ scenarios in recent movie memory and takes it precisely nowhere. – Time Out (Thumbs Down)
Surprisingly, reviews are strongly negative for this sci-fi love story and prospects look bad at the box-office! So what are your expectations from Passengers?