“Passengers” is a cinematic masterpiece that was released in 2016. Starring Hollywood heavyweights, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne, we were treated to a storyline that followed the interstellar spaceship called The Avalon.
Carrying 5,000 passengers in a state of hibernation, the ship is on a 120-year journey to Homestead II. It would have been a seamless journey if the supposedly indestructible ship wasn’t hit by a meteor that prematurely awoke Jim Preston (Chris Pratt). With 90 more years left in the journey to their new home planet and a robotic bartender named Arthur as his only companion, Jim soon attempts to end his life, However, after he sees a beautiful woman asleep in her hibernation pod, he makes a desperate and selfish move to awaken her. Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) is left in the dark about how she actually woke up (by Jim and not a malfunction, as he claims), so the two eventually fall in love until she learns the truth.
Fights ensue, the ship is put in danger, they save the day and their fellow passengers, and the two lead characters reconcile. After facing adversity together, they discover that the ship’s Autodoc, a robotic medical diagnostics and treatment pod can be used as a makeshift hibernation pod for one person. Jim tries to make amends for his actions by offering Aurora the chance to return to hibernation, and we kind of thought she would jump at the opportunity, since he kind of robbed her of it in the first place.
But of course, we are proven wrong when she so selflessly forgives him and builds a life with Jim on the spaceship. Years later, everyone on the ship wakes up according to schedule, and they find a huge tree, a cabin, vegetation, and birds in the ship’s grand concourse area. The movie ends with Aurora’s voice narrating the story she wrote about the beautiful life she lived with Jim on The Avalon.
It was an unsatisfying ending in the most lonely and claustrophobic way possible. Maybe they were trying to show us that “all you need is love” or something. Not very practical, but okay, it’s romantic.