A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
'Passengers' is an American romantic and science fiction thriller film which is directed by Morten Tyldum, not a popular household name but whose career is definitely on the rise as his two films 'The Headhunters' (2011) and 'Imitation Game' have been nominated for the Oscar awards.
Sleeping for 30 years may sound relaxing, but in the 'Passengers' film Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence found out that sleeping for such long time has quite a few drawbacks.
The movie is written by Jon Spaihts.
The key players / stars are Chris Pratt and Jeniffer Lawrence.
Michael Sheen as Arthur, a robot bartender.
Laurence Fishburne as Gus Mancuso.
Andy Garcia as administrator Norris.
Aurora Perrineau as Celeste.
Plot of 'Passengers'
The spaceship Starship Avalon has malfunctioned in two of its sleep chambers. It's on its 120-year voyage to a distant planet of the colony called 'Homestead II', and it has 5259 people on board. Due to the malfunction, two hibernation pods prematurely open and the two people awake realize they are stranded on the spaceship, while they are still 90 years from their destination.
Jeniffer Lawrence (Aurora Dunn), a journalist from New York City, is interested in cosmic travel and Chris Pratt (Jim Preston) a mechanical engineer from Denver bought a ticket for the journey because he wants to leave earth.
The two discover that the malfunction which woke them up isn’t the only problem afflicting the vast spaceship and in the process of finding a way out, the end up falling in love.
Development of the film
Jon Spaihts was the original script writer in the year 2007 and had been in development for years. At some point, the film had been set to star Reese Witherspoon and Keanu Reeves, and it was aimed to be produced for a relatively small fee of $35 million. The person who was originally scheduled to make his feature directorial debut with the film was Brian Kirk with Reeves in the lead. It was announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment won the auction to take the rights to the movie on December 5, 2014.
In the early days of 2015, Morten Tyldum was chosen to helm the film. He had always wished to do a massive science and fiction action movie, but he put more emphasis on the importance of character driven film rather than a cold and distant science fiction movie. 'The Metro' identified the plot as bearing a resemblance to the famous EC Comics book 50 Girls 50 which was published first in August 1953. Whereby two passengers of a colony spaceship are awoken from hibernation early and end up falling in love.
The cast which includes: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Aurora Perrineau and Lawrence Fishburne was announced from February 2015 to January 2016.
Pratt got paid $12 million, and Lawrence got paid $20 million which was against the 30% of the profit after the film breaks into the market.
Shooting of Passengers
Filming took place occasionally for full days with a bulk of the shooting carried out by the two leads only.
Principal photography on the movie began in September of 2015 in Atlanta. Lawrence had to get drunk for a scene which involved sex. It was her first ever, and she said it was awkward and bizarre which was followed by guilt and anxiety. She emphasized on the fact that Pratt (husband to Anna Faris) was the first married man she ever kissed. She said it was just very vulnerable as you don’t know what's too much. But you just want to do it real because everything has to be real.
Thomas Newman composes the musical score in 'Passengers'. The script writer said he wrote Passengers as he was listening to Newman’s previous scores.
Sony released the film's first official trailer on September 20, 2016. The trailer offers a glimpse of the most highly-anticipated offerings of the year. And the newly released trailer is an interesting move for the overall marketing of the film. The movie has already been marketed to the audiences as an 'Interstellar' love story.
'Passengers' has made headlines for two reasons. Jennifer Lawrence who’s on her 4th Oscar nomination by the time she’s 25 and Chris Pratt who’s proving and enjoying his star power due to over performance of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Jurassic World'. It’s a logical combination of the two and America will come in droves to watch because it has already been publicized that they share a sex scene.
The Martian’s award success was boosted by the fact that it's both Matt Damons and Ridley Scotts highest ever grossing film and as the academy is beginning to show kindness to science and fiction. Especially when it's all about survival stories focused on few characters. Similarly, the 'Passengers' new movie with Cris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence has been dominating the blacklist of most featured scripts since 2007, and it had been hanging around every studio you can name, but it was finally picked up by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Morten Tyldum was directing, he has been nominated for best director for the 'Imitation Game'.
The rest of the crew are top cream in the industry, for instance, the person who shot it was Rodrigo Prieto, who's also contending to knock Chievo off his streak and contest for best Cinematography with silence. Maryann Brandon is editing and was nominated for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. And the Production designer Hendrix Dyas was recently nominated for 'Inception'.
As Pratt has been on the rise, the film has mostly found itself in the news because of the profits the two stars will make even though Lawrence will make more money than Pratt. If the film is ecstatically reviewed at the very last minute it will get favorable reviews then nominations are likely.
Sony Pictures Entertainment set a date for the release of the film in August 2015. It set out that the movie was going to be released on December 21, 2016, in Canada and the United States in 3D and RealD 3D formats. The international rollout is set to run through Christmas and New Year to January 2017.
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