Passengers (Morten Tyldrum, 2016) wr. Jon Spahits; Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
The spaceship, Starship Avalon, on its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination.
I enjoyed this very much. It moves at a slow enough pace for an oldie like me to keep up, and presents its two or three issues at widely spaced intervals, giving us plenty of time to consider the morality involved.
On the other hand, it's also state-of-the-art CGI. I often watch all of the credits, and actually counted the number of visual artists - the rank and file, not the leads and heads - and there were three 'screens' of them - so hundreds of slaves sitting at computers all day for weeks or longer - each one adding a few pixels here and a few there. All of which is 'invisible' when you're watching, because you're believing you're looking at a real spaceship etc.
I suppose it's quite a conventional film in terms of casting and acting - no risks taken, no excesses. And as there are only 3.5 characters in the whole thing, it's a chamber piece, as it were, but on a 'universal' scale.
Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 6 January, 2021 | Now: 16 January, 2021