Passengers it the space travel Sci-Fi thriller. The trailer of the film is exciting without giving too much away. It is well presented and the cast is strong with the very recognizable stars Jennifer Lawrence who starred in The Hunger Games and Laurence Fishburne who starred in The Matrix.
The film starts off well, its slow and relaxed pace reminding me of 2001 A Space Odyssey. Passengers aboard a futuristic spaceship travelling toward a distant colony in deep sleep. Not much action happens for quite a while and the events of the film unfold slowly. The plot-line is relatively straight and there is no confusing Interstellar like time-travel to contend with. Its a regular ship on a regular voyage through space. It is quite relaxing leaving the audience constantly aware of the impending danger as things fall apart, but slowly. A moral dilemma. A gentle yet slightly creepy infatuation love story. It will manage to keep you in your seat.
However as the end approaches things speed up and suddenly the action unfolds almost all at once, after Laurence Fishburne makes his appearance. This does not fit in with the rest of the pace of the film and if you had stepped out to get popcorn thinking you wouldn't miss much, you will find upon your return you have missed the action and the characters have now switched sides. Everything just seems to speed up by a factor of 10 in the last 30 minutes.
The story however suffers its most serious flaw towards the very end. Just as you are getting the sense of how much the romantic plot line now resembles The Titanic, it becomes a Disney movie where only happy endings are allowed. Such a shame.
Its a mishmash of ideas from Cast Away, Gravity and The Titanic. Watch this on a relaxing evening with a warm drink.