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Passengers (2016)

Passengers (2016)
Imagine of being on a huge spaceship leaded to another planet, ready to be colonized, since Earth is in a pretty bad status. The travel is set to be around 120 years long, but don't worry you won't be bored, since you will be sleeping during the whole entirity of it. But suddenly you wake up: you realize there is something wrong, and after a quick research you find out that you wake up 90 years earlier. And you are all alone, without nothing to do, completely alone, surrounded by sleepy people all around you. This is the plot of the 2016 sci-fi movie Passengers: it was directed by Morten Tyldum, and starred Chris Pratt as the main character. During the events of the movie, without spoiling too much, another character will wake up, a woman portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. Still without spoiling too much, the fact that they both wake up might actually be a good thing since it appears there are some serious problems on the spaceship, and they might be the only hope to save thousands of lifes.

The development of the movie took years, since 2007 when the first script was written. It took almost ten to finally realize the movie, after a seemingly endless development hell. Sadly, for most people it wasn't even worth it. Sure, at the box office it went incredibly well opening at the third place, and it even received a Oscar nomination, but critics hated it and the majority of Internet reviews and rating sites score the movie very low, for various reasons. Sure, it's all up to the audience, meaning as the singular person, to determine if the movie is good or not, if they like it or not. There are some that found the movie boring, or even too cold and emotionless, while others enjoyed it, and liked very much the portrayal of isolation in the first part of the movie. Some felt it have a good amount of pathos, others felt it didn't have enouth pathos at all. Luckily, unlike the main characters of the movie, we are not alone and we can share many different opinions: like it or not, it's up to you.

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Pros
  • There is a good chemistry between Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence
  • The basic plot is interesting
  • Good world building
  • It explores some interesting themes

Cons
  • Boring in some parts
  • Hated by critics
  • Some flaws and plot holes in the story
  • Lack of pathos according to some

Supporters

Mehano

Great movie

I have seen both movies and I enjoyed both but the Passengers is better.

I know that some people disliked it but I got no clue why. The storyline is amazing, interesting and I honestly enjoyed it.

I even cried towards the end because it shows what a true love is.

Posted by Mehano on 01-19-2018
muaaz.93

SPACE LOVE

Passenger is a good movie. The script in itself is quite simple. It’s about a love story in a Sci-Fi setting. So when you have such a simple script, what is important? Of course the main characters played by Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt that have marvellous chemistry. Because that is what it is all about, the interaction between them and how they overcome the odds on a space journey that has malfunctioned
Posted by muaaz.93 on 01-19-2018
manmad

Protagonists.

I'm gonna go with this option just because of the cast that we have. Both of the protagonists are hilarious and they can make for a nice romantic story, which they actually do. Of course, this is not the main point of both movies, however it definitely makes this one better.
Posted by manmad on 01-21-2018
foxchannel

Plot is Closer to Reality

I choose this movie because the plot is more realistic. I don't believe aliens will ever invade earth. But I do believe there are people planning to relocate from planet earth to another planet. That requires a lot of organizing and it sounds plausible to believe that one would put people to sleep to “endure” the trip.
Posted by foxchannel on 02-21-2018

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Arrival (2016)

Arrival (2016)
Space is full of mysteries, and sometime those mysteries arrive to Earth: a strange thing land on our planet, and a team is send on the place to investigate about the origin of the item, and on the goal of the aliens inside it. The main hope of the team is a translator, Louise Banks, brillanty played by Amy Adams. The war against the aliens is near, but Banks and the rest of team try with every way to obtain some answer, to solve the mysteries. And spoiling anything else would be a crime: this sci-fi movie is brilliant and with a interesting twist at the end. Sure, it wasn't appreciated by everyone: some people simply didn't understand it at all, finding it too complex, hard or bizarre, and others simply didn't like it altough understanding it.

The movie was directed by Denis Villeneuve and, like I said, it starred Amy Adams alongisde other actors like Jeremy Renner or Forest Whitaker. It's not a original idea, being based on short tale by Ted Chiang. And audience and critics loved it, a lot! Movie reviews sites rating based shows pretty high scores (on Rotten Tomatoes for example it's higher than 90%, usually a good sign). In general the movie was appreciated because it's adult and mature, far from the classical stereotypical sci-fi flicks. It's not only a tense movie with a lot of suspence, but also a well developed analysis of important themes like love and loss. In the latest years, sci-fi movies might have been reduced just to "Some big evil aliens with weird power arrives, we have to shoot them" or similar variations of that, and this movie changed everything. It was a unique look at extraterrestrial life, and even if it was about that, somehow it also became a incredibly human film. The script was amazing, Amy Adams was amazing, and the movie itself was indeed pretty good.

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Pros
  • It touches some very important themes
  • Amy Adams is good as always
  • A unique look at sci-fi movies
  • Interesting clever twist at the end

Cons
  • Some people didn't like the twist, or didn't understand it
  • Mostly slow paced
  • Some critics didn't like the portayal of the aliens, feeling it was lacking something

Supporters

overcast

Great Plot

I think it presents a lot better plot. And it shows us how the world is going to react when aliens arrive here. So it can be really good to see how the arrival type plots can be really good. Compared to passengers this movie is lot better.
Posted by overcast on 01-20-2018
JoeMilford

Arrival Was More Compelling

I think that this was the better movie for a variety of reasons. Although Passengers has very compelling moral issues and questions, I think that The Arrival demonstrates more interesting ideas about space-time and the human condition. Also, I think that the actors in The Arrival were superior to the ones in Passengers, and the aliens and their language were very thought-provoking. The love story in The Arrival was also more interesting to me, and I identified with the main character a great deal because I am an English teacher and am very interested in different languages and the power of languages.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-20-2018
Tania997

Arrival is better

Arrival is better, it has a much more interesting plot and prepares us for something that may arrive one day. I watched passenger too and I honestly don't really like these love stories. Arrival was much more interesting.
Posted by Tania997 on 01-20-2018
OlaSidiq

Passengers Is Not Up To The Standards

The votes before me have mentioned many reasons why Arrival is better than Passengers but I would like to say some the reasons why I don't like passengers.

To me, the idea of the movie isn't complete. What happened to est of the people that didn't wake up. The movie would have been better if it were to be a horror movie instead of a romance movie. Or a thriller by just adding a little twist to the story. Passengers is just an incomplete movie that tells the story of a man that ruined a woman's life just because he does not want to be lonely on a spaceship.

Posted by OlaSidiq on 01-22-2018

Comments

Pixie
I watched both movies and I think that they are both very good movies. If I have to choose here then it will be Arrival for me. I prefer the storyline and I think that the actors did justice to their roles. Amy Adams has always been my favorite actress and she again proved that she is the best. I also loved the soundtracks from this movie. The story is different and the ending is just marvelous. This is not what I was expecting.
Posted by Pixie on 01-19-2018
Pixie
I watched both movies and I think that they are both very good movies. If I have to choose here then it will be Arrival for me. I prefer the storyline and I think that the actors did justice to their roles. Amy Adams has always been my favorite actress and she again proved that she is the best. I also loved the soundtracks from this movie. The story is different and the ending is just marvelous. This is not what I was expecting.
Posted by Pixie on 01-19-2018
kgord
I don't think I have seen either of these movies. They both sound like movies I would like though. I wouldn't have a problem seeing either of them. It is just one of the things that I might want to look at in the future when I am looking for something interesting and intriguing to watch.
Posted by kgord on 01-19-2018
overcast
I think in terms of the plot both the movies are good. But the arrival is something that we are going to encounter. And that's another reason we have to consider for the real. Passenger type movies are sentimental. And not much fun on that part. I don't think it's a good movie on that scenario for the same reason.
Posted by overcast on 01-20-2018
hermessantos
I watched the two movies recently and enjoyed both. But I confess I liked Arrival more. I like alien movies and Arrival was an interesting production and different from the others. Who has not attended yet, I think it is worth checking.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-20-2018
JoeMilford
I am like you and am partial to alien movies, especially when they are original or take a different viewpoint on aliens and man encountering one another. I think that Arrival really did a good job of capturing a new way of looking at this encounter with its focus on language and communication and how crucial that communication is between species. It also had a great message regarding human compassion and love for family.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-21-2018
vinaya
I don't take much interest in si-fi movies even though I have watched a lot of si fi movies. I Robot and Aliens (from James Cameroon) are my two favorite si-fi movies. I have not watched Passenger as well as Arrival. I might watch Passenger. If the movie had one oscar nomination, it must be something to watch.
Posted by vinaya on 01-20-2018
Anonymous
I prefer "Passangers."

I'm not hard to please when it comes to movies. My expectations are usually moderately low because it's much easier than expecting a lot. Rarely will we ever be blown away if we keep raising the bar for the movies we watch. Like others, all I want is good entertainment. If it delivers on that aspect, I'm good.

Fortunately, the movie did. It has everything I need from a casual sci-fi movie. But what I like most about it is its focus on isolation. There's just something calming about seeing how people interact alone in space. It makes us think about how we interact with one another once all the everyday distractions are out of the way.
Posted by Anonymous on 01-21-2018
Steve5
I prefer the movie "Passangers."

I'm not hard to please when it comes to movies. My expectations are usually moderately low because it's much easier than expecting a lot. Rarely will we ever be blown away if we keep raising the bar for the movies we watch. Like others, all I want is good entertainment. If it delivers on that aspect, I'm good.

Fortunately, the movie did. It has everything I need from a casual sci-fi movie. But what I like most about it is its focus on isolation. There's just something calming about seeing how people interact alone in space. It makes us think about how we interact with one another once all the everyday distractions are out of the way.

Had to login again 'cause I noticed my comment was anonymous.
Posted by Steve5 on 01-21-2018
1000vultures
Arrival was the much better film in my opinion, although I didn't necessarily dislike Passengers. The problem with Passengers was that I spent the whole film focusing on its flaws and contrivances. It was easy to spot the reason why X thing wouldn't work, or is beyond the realms of belief, or why Y thing didn't make sense. The first thing that comes to mind is why does this spaceship have a captain when it doesn't seem to need a captain to be able to fly to its destination and arrive safely. Little things like that were so distracting that it really took away from my ability to enjoy the film. The plot was also less interesting I think as it was a pretty standard romance formula but planted into a sci-fi setting. It raised some interesting questions but ultimately did nothing with them.
Posted by 1000vultures on 01-30-2018
Martinsx
Truth be told, I haven't watched any of these two movies but from reading the thread and comments made here by various people, I must say that the movies are worth seeing. Maybe I would make out time to see one of them probably before valentine's day or after it.
Posted by Martinsx on 02-03-2018