Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence save the day, and the ship, in “Passengers”

passengers-trailer-700x300Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence must be really enjoying life right now. Both of them have sealed their careers with movies that have helped to redefine pop-culture We have Pratt with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Jurassic World, and Lawrence serving as Mystique in the X-Men franchise, not to mention her turn as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Now these two terribly likable people are teaming up in a science fiction action/romance that, on paper, looks as if it should be a box office blowout this fall.

They’ll come together in Sony‘s Passengers, a science-fiction film that has the crowd-pleasing pair waking up on a spaceship, falling in love, and trying to save the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers.

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.

The cast also features Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, and Aurora Perrineau. It’s being directed by Morten Tyldum and was written By Jon Spaihts. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, and Ori Marmu. David Householter, Ben Browning, Jon Spaihts, Lynwood Spinks, Bruce Berman, Greg Basser, and Ben Waisbren serve as Executive Producers.

Passengers opens in theaters on December 21, 2016.

Does this movie look entertaining to you? Do you think that the combined strengths of Pratt and Lawrence has what it takes to help make this film successful? What about the overall tone of the film? Are we seeing a return to the big space epic, with everything really polished and beautiful, as a backlash to all of the gritty, dystopian themed science fiction we have had for the past number of years?
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