'Passengers' gets lost in supermassive plot holes

Chris Pratt

Warning: You will find spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk. Leaving Earth. Saving the last of humanity. The ramifications of waking people up from cryogenic stasis sooner than planned. "Passengers" has some lofty, fascinating concepts, but unfortunately, it never really connects with the core of any of them. Blue-collar engineer Jim (Chris Pratt) wakes up from stasis way too early during a 120-year trip on an expensive space yacht to a new planet. It's a place he describes as relatively colonial; he's hoping for the chance to start over and become a useful member of society again by building things. Enlarge ImageJim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence): Now that I've woken you up, will you love me? Jim's pod malfunction occurs after an asteroid breaches the ship's shields, and even though he's an engineer, he can't put himself back into stasis. Oh, and there are 90 years to go before the ship arrives at its destination. The ship's robot crew and artificial intelligence insist there's never been a malfunctioning pod, and as such there's no backup plan. Which is pretty hard to believe, considering the opulence of the ship. There is one singular medical pod with high-tech diagnosis and healing capabilities for more than 5,000 passengers?!? If the ship even appears to be heading toward danger, why isn't there a protocol to awaken the ship's crew immediately and put them back into stasis when the danger has passed? None of that really matters, though, because Jim's not gonna make it to the new planet and he's stuck wandering a silent ship -- save for a scene-stealing android bartender (brought to life by Michael Sheen). As Arthur, Sheen is positively delightful, full of generic-yet-meaningful wisdom and enjoyable one-liners. Honestly, this is the point of the movie where I was sold, because who wouldn't want to live out the rest of their life on a luxury spaceship...

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