‘Pas­sen­gers’: en­ter­tain­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tam­era Lawrence

We as hu­man be­ings need com­pan­ion­ship. We need to mat­ter. That is life.

What if you had a chance to live on another planet. Would you do it? Even if it meant leav­ing your fam­ily and friends be­hind and then be­ing put to sleep for many years?

Would you step into the fu­ture? Chart a new course? Sac­ri­fice ever be­ing again with the peo­ple you once loved? Sure it sounds ex­cit­ing. Tempt­ing. But what if some­thing goes wrong on the ship? And you — you alone were wo­ken up 90 years too early?

When Jim’s cap­sule opens, he wakes to find him­self sur­rounded by 5,000 sleep­ing pas­sen­gers. He is hor­ri­fied to find out he is alone.

Sure, the ship is made for com­fort.

Food is plen­ti­ful. Swim­ming and recre­ation are am­ple.

There is even a feisty bar­tender to chat with — only he’s a ro­bot.

Jim toughs it out for a year. He wan­ders around the pas­sen­ger pods, try­ing to fig­ure out a way to put him­self back to sleep.

But to no avail. That’s when he no­tices the beau­ti­ful, Aurora (Jen­nifer Lawrence).

With lone­li­ness eat­ing him alive, he be­gins to think of the un­think­able. Wake her up. For days he strug­gles with the idea. And then he does it. He wakes her. Then tells the lie — her pod has mal­func­tioned.

With her emo­tions in tur­moil, Aurora fol­lows Jim’s (Chris Pratt) ear­lier path — try­ing to find a way to put her­self back to sleep.

Fi­nally, she re­signs her­self to fate.

As she and Jim draw closer, the truth is re­vealed. Ev­ery­thing turns sour.

As things get dicey be­tween the cou­ple, they dis­cover a prob­lem with the ship.

Lives are at stake and it’s up to them to find a so­lu­tion.

“PAS­SEN­GERS” ex­plores ba­sic hu­man needs — not only to sur­vive but to love. It makes one won­der what they would do in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

This movie was en­joy­able from start to fin­ish. It was en­ter­tain­ing and thought- pro­vok­ing.

“Pas­sen­gers” is highly rec­om­mended.

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