It's 'Pandorum' meets 'Swept Away,' except something you'll actually want to watch
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, charming Hollywood megastars, are starring in a movie together. They play opposites. “They couldn’t be more opposite,” said Jennifer Lawrence, onstage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. “It said that in the Teleprompter.”
“They couldn’t be more opposite,” said Chris Pratt, imitating Jennifer Lawrence reading from a Teleprompter.
“They couldn’t be more opposite,” said Jennifer Lawrence, imitating Chris Pratt imitating Jennifer Lawrence reading from a Teleprompter.
In the future of Passengers, people take 120-year-journeys in suspended animation across the stars. Lawrence’s character, Aurora – as in Sleeping Beauty – is “a writer in New York,” she explained. She wants to be the first person to make the journey to a new world and back to Earth, so she can write about it.
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Pratt’s Jim is “a mechanic, the type of guy who fixes things,” Pratt explained. “He uses his hands.”
Right around then, Pratt made a comical show of dropping his microphone… on Lawrence’s foot. She laughed. For no apparent reason, she also started singing the chorus from Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.” Either none of this was planned, or everything was planned decades ago.
In the teaser screened, Pratt wakes up 30 years into the journey, all alone in a ship that vaguely suggests both 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. (Michael Sheen plays an android bartender, possibly but probably not an homage to TRON: Legacy.) Lawrence wakes up awhile after him, and they’re left alone in an empty ship. The footage looked impressive, even if many of the special effects were temporary.
“I see that and I think to myself: ‘Let’s see Netflix do that,'” said Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman.
Passengers hits theaters Dec. 21. Netflix will definitely try to do it by then.