The New 'Passengers' Footage Shows It's Basically Titanic in Space

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 3:49PM
Passengers
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 3:49PM
The New 'Passengers' Footage Shows It's Basically Titanic in Space
When the first trailer came out for Passengersit started out sweet, funny, and romantic—a little robot delivers Chris Pratt's love note, both Pratt and Lawrence get dressed up for a date at the space-bar, and there's some makin' out. Then the disaster stuff hits and things start turning into 2001: A Space Odyssey mixed with Moon. Here's the official synopsis: 

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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.
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So there's an intense romance between two strangers aboard a luxurious but doomed ship headed for disaster, essentially making this Titanic in space. Will the alien opera singer from The Fifth Element sing My Heart Will Go On? But there's a lot more going on than just an iceberg in the new trailer, which skips date night and goes straight to the cataclysmic space-disasters:



This new trailer has a more dystopian, thriller-ish feel to it: it starts off less charming and playful and starts to reveal that the ship (and this scenario) is not all it seems. The revelation that the ship may be designed to keep the Jim and Aurora from changing or tampering with it adds an extra layer of tension and intrigue since it looks like the environment, not a spurned lover or class divisions, will be the main antagonist in the story.

That concept is brought to the fore in a separate piece of footage released today, which shows Aurora and Jim struggling to survive a rapid depressurization after hacking a part of the ship:



This is one of those rare sci-fi movies that's not a remake, reboot, or adaptation of a book, TV show, or theme park ride (After Pirates of the Caribbean, we're waiting for Space Mountain: The Movie). The visuals are stunning, the limited cast of characters makes it an interesting dynamic (so far we have Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne on screen and conscious), and the story promises to have some twists. As long as the love story isn't bad, we have every reason to be optimistic this December!

Passengers hits theaters on December 21st, 2016.


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