In space, no one can hear you scream. The old adage from Alien may be a good thing, as it looks like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence will be doing a lot of screaming as they attempt to not die throughout Passengers. A new "event" trailer has been released that shows that the only two conscious people on a space-going vessel are not going to spend their entire trip sitting at the bar.
It's not exactly clear what the "event" is in that leads us to this trailer. The major event that gets things in Passengers going is that two people who are supposed to remain asleep while their spaceship takes them to a new home, wake up for some reason. However, this apparently wasn't just a random accident. The ship is in trouble so if they want to survive, they have to do something about it. We're goingto assume they might actually have some ability to do this. We could be wrong.
It appears that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt will be risking death more or less continuously throughout the film. We see a couple of different shots of what looks like oxygen being sucked out of whatever room they are in. Then, at some point, Pratt is forced to go outside the ship to deal with something that does not go well.
Passengers would be an intriguing enough film with its simple premise of two people stuck on a ship that they can't control. However, every trailer we've seen has been sure to let us know that it was no accident that they woke up. It feels like that's information that would have been better revealed in the film, but apparently, there's enough mystery going on that the filmmakers feel they can let that piece of information go. We'd be lying if we said we're not very curious what's going on here. There's a lot of other interesting questions that we'd like answers to, like why does the ship keep trying to kill Chris Pratt?
Passengers looks to be that rare "original" blockbuster that many people are asking for while trying to dig out from under the avalanche of franchises and sequels. It certainly has everything that normally draws people to the theater. Big budget special effects and a couple of big, marketable, stars. If the story is as engaging as the setup this could be a surprise hit this Christmas.
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