Passengers

Directed by Morten Tyldum, written by Jon Spaiths, and with great photography by Rodrigo Prieto, this 2016 science fiction adventure is also a tale of deception, love, courage, and forgiveness. Beside its splendid photography, it has everything a movie needs to be memorable: an engaging plot, romance, drama, humor, action, special effects, and even a practical life principle.

Inside a huge starship, there are 5,000 people traveling to a colony planet called Homestead II. The journey takes 120 years. The passengers and the crew members hibernate in their respective capsules. They never imagined their fate would be hanging by a thread at the hands of two of their co-travelers.

Because a small rock crashes against the spaceship, some electrical malfunctions begin to occur. As a result, one of the hibernation capsules opens and wakes up his occupant: James (Chris Pratt), a young mechanical engineer. He soon realizes he’s the only one awake on a voyage that still is 90 years away from reaching its destination. Unable to make his capsule work again or get help from anybody, he begins to desperately look for other solutions to his predicament while chatting with an android bartender (Michael Sheen).

After a year of unsuccessfully trying to solve the problem, he comes across one of the other passengers’ capsules and he is struck by the attractive and placid face of Aurora, a writer (Jennifer Lawrence) who resembles a space Sleeping Beauty. She becomes his new dilemma. With all the ethical and moral questions arising from his tempting option to wake her up or not, he struggles to make a pivotal decision that will change all of their lives.

See also by director Morten Tyldem: The Imitation Game (2014)

See also written by Jon Spaiths: The Darkest Hour (2011)

See also Rodrigo Prieto’s Photography in: Frida (2002), Alexander (2004), We bought a Zoo (2011)