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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt shine in the “Passengers” Trailer

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There are few more charming potential romantic pairings right now in Hollywood than Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Put them together and I’d see them in just about anything. Luckily, their next project happens to be the hotly anticipated Passengers, which has been floating (no pun intended) around the industry for years. It’s now one of the big Christmas releases for 2016 and finally has released a first Trailer. Frankly, this is one of my most anticipated films of the year. You’ll be able to see that Trailer at the end of this piece, but first, let us discuss what this one has in store for us a bit!

The film is a science fiction romance. Having read the screenplay, I’ll stay away from spoilers and stick to more or less what’s been said about the plot so far. Essentially, a giant ship is traveling to a distant planet and transporting thousands of people who are its next colonists. Early on, the ship has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. They are engineer Jim Preston (Pratt) and journalist Aurora (Lawrence). With only the two of them awake, eventually love blossoms, though continued malfunctions (as well as things I won’t reveal) threaten that. Morten Tyldum directs the script by Jon Spaihts, while the rest of the small cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Michael Sheen, and more. Cinematography is by Rodrigo Prieto, while Thomas Newman provides the score. The ingredients here are certainly top notch, that’s for sure.

Again, I’ve read the script and found it to be tremendous. If the film executes what I saw on the page, something special could be found. It’s sci-fi, for sure, but it’s also a romantic adventure, one that asks some poignant questions. There’s definitely a chance that some of the headier ideas have been toned down, but plenty of what I read is in that Trailer, so seeing could be believing. It’s primarily going to be looking to make money and please crowds with Lawrence and Pratt putting on the charm, but it’s capable of more as well. Just wait and see.

Awards wise, Passengers has a chance to contend across the board. Look for campaigns in Best Picture, Best Director (for Tyldum), Best Actor (for Pratt), Best Actress (for Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (for Fishburne and/or Sheen), Best Original Screenplay (for Spaihts), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. It may wind up too much of a popcorn blockbuster for some of these categories, but I think the technical ones are definitely in play, with Picture, Actor, Actress, and Original Screenplay potentially within reach as well. Things would have to go really well for Lawrence and Pratt to get in, but it’s possible the film gets there. This is a very interesting X factor to consider.

As you’ll see below, there’s something striking about Passengers. It may be hard to initially put your finger on it, but this is a movie I can’t wait to see more from. Christmas can’t come soon enough, but I’ll let you take a look at the Trailer and see for yourself. This is a flick we’ll be discussing plenty in the months to come, so trust me when I say this won’t be the last we speak of it. For now, the Trailer should prepare you and get you excited for more. Enjoy and sit tight for a follow up sometime in December…

Here now is the Trailer for Passengers:

Stay tuned for lots more on Passengers between now and its late December release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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