"Passengers" Loved it. The kind of "outer space" movie I liked as kid. (That being the past 65 years.) Visually stunning, plot was predictable as soon as Preston wakes up, if you've seen the trailers. Solution To Problem: Standard.
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Most people who have seen/reviewed this movie find Pratt's act of waking up Lawrence to be utterly loathsome and irredeemable. Even if the film tries to paper over it in the third act by having it be necessary for there to be two people to fix the meteor damage and Lawrence's character coming to realizes that she has fallen in love after all and forgives him. While I enjoyed the film as a pretty piece of sci-fi lite fluff, I'm not sure I entirely buy that either. WOuld she REALLY forgive him for condemning her to die on that ship? Isn't what Pratt did a kind of...rape? By waking her up and by him being the only male she will EVER encounter for the rest of her life....didn't he in effect FORCE himself on her?
Other questions I had while watching the film:
It's established the the colonists will wake up six months from entering orbit around their destination planet. This explains all the amenities and food provided by the ship, that Pratt's and Lawrence's characters use to keep themselves alive after being woken up 90 years early. BUT....why is life support--artificial gravity, air, heat---running full time so soon? Why would you have full life support running on a ship with a crew in hibernation? You could say life support coming on so early is another malfunction of the meteor strike. But none of the characters remark on this...or worry that if it is
a malfunction that life support could just cut off again at any time.
Lawrence says she planned on returning to Earth on a return colony ship. Why would there be a RETURN ship? Hibernation colony ships would be a one-way deal. It's established it takes close to 200 years to get to Homestead the planet. That's far too long a distance/time interval for any kind of trade, unless Homestead has some resource not found on Earth. And after close to 400 years away from Earth, how could Lawrence's character ever have fit back into society? I just can't see why there would be a return ship.