Are there any two more charismatic actors out there then Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt? You’ll be hard-pressed to find some. To have a premise of people stuck in space, then you need actors that posses the likability they both have. This is similar to The Martian, where Matt Damon was left alone on Mars and for much of the film, it was just him. Not many actors could have done what Damon did and held the screen. So, Passengers will attempt to tap into what makes Pratt and Lawrence great and allow their chemistry to pop. They are two of my favorite actors, so any film that stars them would interest me. Them being in a cool science fiction film intrigues me even more.
Moving mankind away from Earth is an idea that is becoming explored more and more, as we are destroying this planet with each passing day. How much longer can we sustain life? Will we end up in the wasteland Mad Max: Fury Road depicts? If so, then attempting to colonize other systems would be the only way to assure mankind’s survival. We’ll see how much this story delves into that idea or if it merely serves as an interesting premise.
I do also like the ascension of director Morten Tyldum. He started by directing a few Norwegian films, with the last being Headhunters, which showcased Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. That led to Tyldum nabbing The Imitation Game, which won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Picture. Tyldum was also nominated for Best Director and clearly has a knack for this directing thing, so I’m excited to see his next project.
Passengers hits theaters on December 21st, 2016.