Trailer Tuesday: Passengers

Written by Logan J. Fowler and Justin Matchick

Trailer Tuesday


Release Date: December 21st, 2016

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Michael Sheen

Director: Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I knew this a while back as the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt movie and hearing those two names, I was in. The two hottest celebrities joining forces would’ve been lost on me if they weren’t good at what the do, but Pratt and Lawrence are both solid actors who are charming as they are entertaining. The vehicle (no pun intended) they would be a part of may not be the best showcasing of the actors, but I have no doubt they can make the script pop a bit more. -LJF

re-Trailer Thoughts: A couple years ago “sci-fi thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt” would have been among my most anticipated films of the year. Now it seems more like an obligation to see this rather than a joy. I might be alone in this feeling, but an over-saturation of Jennifer Lawrence the past few years (and to a lesser extent Chris Pratt) has left me weary of each new film they appear in. Overexposure aside, this still has Academy Award pedigree in cast and crew and is angling to build up a lot of steam in time for awards season. – JTM

Rate the Trailer: 3 out of 5.
The visuals here are stunning, and the cast beyond the two leads is actually pretty solid . I feel like the trailer gives too much away, but it could be an interesting journey finding out how the titular “Passengers” arrive at the end of the film. Let’s just hope it doesn’t waste potential. -LJF

Rate the Trailer: 3 out of 5. There are some pretty good looking sci-fi action set-pieces on display here, but the scenes of Pratt and Lawrence developing a relationship seem forcibly quirky and stilted. Director Morten Tyldum doesn’t really inspire much confidence in the material either, with his only other major Hollywood film being the dry Oscar-bait movie The Imitation Game. Aside from the sci-fi thriller aspect, the only other draw for me is the supporting cast. The ever reliable Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, and Lawrence Fishburne will be supporting in roles than I will probably enjoy more than any of our two leads. – JTM

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. The two leads are making me game for this. It should be a good viewing in the downtime between Christmas and New Year’s Day. -LJF

Theater, Rent, Undecided, No Thanks? Rent. The winter season is always crowded at the theater, and Passengers is just going to get lost in the shuffle between the blockbusters and Oscar-hopeful films. I’ll give it a shot when it comes to streaming, but nothing I’ve seen is really calling me to the box office. – JTM

Passengers takes off December 21st, 2016

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