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Passengers (2008) ***1/2

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 48min
Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Anne Hathaway
Genre: Drama
Language: English

Sit Tight and Enjoy the Ride

In a Nutshell

Plot

Straight as an Arrow
Twisty

Sound Quality

Easy to Hear
Incomprehensible

Who's That?

Few Main Characters
Lots

Naughty Words

Mild
Foul

Naked people

None
Lots

Violence

Tame
Bloody

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On the surface, at least, Passengers seems pretty simple to understand. A plane crashes onto an unspecified beach after what some of the five survivors say was a huge explosion in a starboard engine.

Some are shocked, other traumatized. But to their rescue comes Anne Hathaway, who plays a highly qualified therapist named Claire who seeks to engage the survivors in conversation about their feelings.

She cares about their fears and asks them to look inside themselves and to discuss their inner thoughts.

One ecstatic survivor, however, brushes aside any concerns that he might have been emotionally damaged by the crash and refuses to be treated, or looked upon, as Claire’s patient. He is unsullied by the event, he says, and is more interested in pursuing a relationship with Claire than seeking any kind of rehabilitation.

Eventually Eric the charming survivor, played by Patrick Wilson, gets his way, calling Claire’s ethical credentials into question.

If in the beginning Passengers comes across as slow, almost mechanical, just sit tight. Yes, there seem to be repetitions of the contention that Claire is simply trying to help and that the airline is trying to cover up the real cause of the crash and even trying to intimidate her. The thought does cross one’s mind, too, that the beautiful Anne Hathaway’s bursting, natural smile seems somehow unsuited at times to sympathizing with people who are depressed and shocked.

But when the truth dawns that what you are seeing is not just a fictional account of a plane crash but a low-key supernatural thriller with a touching message about the real world then everything changes.

It becomes apparent that the path chosen by the director Rodrigo García and the writer Ronnie Christensen to slowly reveal the movie’s real intent has worked like a charm, and that the cast has played its parts to near-perfection.

Because of its very nature, the movie presents as mystifying, intriguing and highly original. There are also moments of shock, as the engine does indeed explode onscreen with a frightening force.

There are also moments of sexuality, as Patrick and Anne enjoy each other’s company beneath the blankets.

However, to reveal the way the film moves from one plane of reality to another would be to spoil it completely. It is a movie designed to reveal itself in a quietly unrolling kind of way, set against wonderful background music.

Passengers presents a view of life, and death, that adds to the theories about those subjects that already abound.

Enough to say that Eric learns that a career choice in finance might not have been his best path to pursue, and that Claire comes to understand that prolonging a dispute with her sister can only hurt, not help.

It’s a movie that asks of its viewers just one thing: suspend your belief and enjoy.

A lifelong journalist, Terence Neilan started his career in his home country, England, and then moved to New York in 1970. After a couple of years as an editor at The New York Post, he moved to The New York Times, where he worked as an editor and Website reporter for 29 years, retiring in 2005.

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