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07 January 2017 @ 10:23 am
Three days ago, I saw Passengers, and I can't stop thinking about it. I wish that there was a book to read so that I could experience it in greater detail. In short, it was so, so, SO LOVELY... As the plot grew, I sat in the audience wondering whether, in those circumstances, I would do the same thing. Two hours later, I walked out of the theater with so many questions revolving inside of my head, and they still haven't stopped. This is masterful storytelling. Spoilers abound after this. You have been warned.

I didn't expect to feel anything like this at all when I went into the theater. Truthfully, I expected very little. Maybe some good special effects and a few warm fuzzies at most. I mean, the trailer made the movie look like a straightforward rom-com/drama in space about two people who woke up 90 years too early on a spaceship bound for a remote new planet. But the trailers were hiding something far more complex; some complicated moral questions about hopeless circumstances and a life worth living.

I never read long reviews before I see a movie because I like the possibility of being surprised, but I did see on Fandango that Rotten Tomatoes had given Passengers a score of 32%. But here's the catch. Reviewers didn't like it, but I'm starting to think that it's one of the most poignant movies I've ever seen, and it may have just made it into my top 5 movies ever. If someone doesn't have the same taste as me, we probably won't like the same movies, which is definitely what happened here. For another example, I loved Arrival, after all (it changed my life), and Thuy couldn't stop complaining about how boring it was during the movie.

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night_owl_9: a love not replicatednight_owl_9 on January 8th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
I've read a lot regarding the controversy of this film, especially with some reviewers' some ethical misgivings re: Chris Pratt's character bringing Jennifer Lawrence's character back from cryo-sleep (or something like that) for his own needs, etc. I can't judge for myself because I haven't seen the movie yet. I'm glad that you enjoyed the movie, and that you addressed this topic further in your review/blog.
超ちゃ人: cat (猫): chillingchochajin on April 20th, 2017 08:20 pm (UTC)
I just watched this movie a few days ago and remembered that you wrote a review about it. And now, I understand why. ;)

It was a brilliant movie. I really didn't expect that.

I thought it was a fascinating story. The whole idea of travelling for 120 years to wake up as if you went to bed just a few minutes ago. And then waking up, noticing that you still have 90 years to go ..... horrible!

I wonder what I would have done.
If I were in Jim's shoes, I probably wouldn't have minded staying alone for some time, especially if there are enough things to do that I enjoy (doing alone). I'm not confident what would have happened after several years, though.

In Aurora's case, I probably would have freaked out completely once I found out. ^^; ....