Saturday, January 25, 2014

Passengers (2008) [PG-13] ***-



Following the crash of a commuter aircraft in which the crew and all but a handful of passengers died, Claire Summers (Anne Hathaway) is assigned as a grief counselor to help a small group of survivors process their traumatic experiences.

One of the survivors, Eric Clark (Patrick Wilson) refuses to join the group, appears unusually upbeat, and seems to have developed extra sensory perception. The remaining survivors give descriptions of the crash which conflict with the official version released by Arkin (David Morse), the airline representative. Meanwhile, one by one, the group members stop coming to the therapy sessions, and at the same time, Claire finds herself becoming emotionally involved with Eric. As she considers the possibility that Arkin may be concealing the truth about the crash, Perry (Andre Braugher), a fellow therapist, suggests that perhaps Claire is no longer a rational, impartial observer.

This is a slow-moving, uniformly dark, sad drama, filmed in muted colors. There is nothing that is upbeat, positive or life-affirming, and even the romance between Claire and Eric has a desperate, hopeless feeling of resignation about it. Like puzzle pieces slowly being turned over, the elements of the mystery are slowly revealed until at the end we understand. If you like the films of M. Night Shyamalan, particularly The Sixth Sense, and you enjoy watching Anne Hathaway, then you will probably like Passengers

Labels: drama, mystery, romance, thriller, tragedy

Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 40/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=41, viewers=58)
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