Passengers

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  1. Chevron Atlantis

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    Looks dull and boring tbh. Acting by Jennifer Lawrence is so bad. The score sounds boring too with the same overused epic score chord progression. I am surprised that Thomas Newman would do this at all.
     
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  2. Overmind One

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    I see a full sized billboard for this every day when I get off the freeway. And if anyone ever captured BORING in a picture, this is a nail on the head. I have zero interest in wanting to see it. Boring lead, boring actors/actresses, blah.
     
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    It's a space opera, what more did you expect? No doubt people will be saying it's science fiction just because it's set in space but to me it looks more space opera with sci-fi elements

    Off topic I don't know about you guys but, when it comes to a great movie a score does play pivotal role in determining whether a movie is awesome or just plain sh*t. Mind you, there are some exception like Star Wars, the phantom menace shit movie but, the score was so well done by John Williams
     
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  4. Overmind One

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    Music is HUGE for me too. :) It sets the tone in a way that sets cannot. You can't smell the scenes or feel them, but you can hear and see. Music is like the thing that fills in not being able to smell or feel or taste the scenes. It has to be right.
     
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  5. Chevron Atlantis

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    Surely does but I will give Thomas Newman a chance I am listening to the soundtrack now (it somehow got leaked on youtube lol) sure I hope it doesn't have the overused epic scores. I am going to also ask David Arnold (composer to Stargate and James Bond and Sherlock Holmes (Tv series) ) about this over used epic score I speak to him on a regular basis on twitter. So far, the intro sounds all right.

     
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  6. Joelist

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    Chris Pratt is a good actor but sorry, Jennifer Lawrence is awful as an actress. Not quite in the Megan Fox awful category but pretty bad.
     
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    Lawrence is fine in Hunger games but anything else I have seen her in were not very good . That playbook movie was beyond utter crap and not even close to a worthiness of an Oscar omg feel sick make me puke . What a crap fest of a movie ...
    Will give this one a miss also .

    ;) ;) ;)
     
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  8. yongjin02

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    she was actually pretty good in that "miracle mop" movie as well-JOY

    but besides that and HG's. yeah, she is kind of lacking luster

    maybe just another case of agents pushing scripts to a young star (she is like 28) to keep her relevant regardless of whether she feels she would be any good in it.

    imo, she wasn't good in HG's for any action role but for her role as 'just a person' same with JOY
     
  9. Joelist

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    I'm sorry but I felt like she dragged "Hunger Games" down too. I can think of any number of other MUCH better actresses who they could have cast (just off the top of my head Daisy Ridley, Keira Knightley, Jaime Alexander, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot, Naome Harris) who would be much more believable. She was also terrible as Mystique in the new X-Men films.
     
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  10. yongjin02

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    i am not a big x men watcher, but i saw that film, and yeah, she was bad

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    if i were t guess, i'd say that she got the HG's gig to save money for the TPTB's as those other names would have cost them far more
    for such a 'risky' movie when it came out (wasn't it the first of the genre-as in kids book of dystopian future turned to film?)

    i think she is quite limited in her talents, probably needs to land either a rich husband who she can keep on a leash or get a full time gig on a network show
     
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  11. Overmind One

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    I don't know what my Kodi is sourcing for content (and that is why it is so awesome, cause you are only streaming it not downloading it), but FIRST RUN current theater releases are on it like all the other content. Rogue One, Arrival, Passengers, Moana, etc etc. Rogue One appeared the day after it's US premiere. Kodi Rulz!

    So, I am going to watch Passengers. :)
     
  12. heisenberg

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    I get the feeling that this is lifted from Dark matter.
     
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  13. Overmind One

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    Well, I was on a movie watching binge yesterday. I watched all the current theater releases! But I want to talk about Passengers.

    The basis for the journey we see happening is actually pretty good. We have an interstellar ship taking earth colonists to a new world where they will establish a new colony they call Homestead II. Chris Pratt's character finds himself awake too early, about 90 years before he was supposed to. From then on, this story changes to an interpersonal one concentrating on Jennifer Lawrence's character and Chris Pratt wooing her and romancing her. This thing is shallower than a rain puddle. SO MUCH time is spent showing us canned boy meets girl scenes, and their interactions could have taken place in the streets and bars of New York and it would not have been much different.

    The characters were also shallow, and Laurence Fishburn's appearance in this is baffling. One major thing I don't get is the bar. Yes, this ship has a huge bar with a robotic android bartender whose character is the only likeable one in the whole thing. But a bar? We are talking full on, bottles on the wall, bartender with white towel drying glasses BAR. You understand why there has to be a bar on this ship because the story is written like a New York romance, and a huge part of that is being in a bar. Ugh, it was annoying. At one point, we find Lawrence Fishburn's character who is actually the Captain of this ship, suddenly appearing after being awakened from his suspended animation, and he is in it for about 30 minutes before he finds out he is dying and is dead. Really? While he was in it, he gave some more scifi background for what was happening with the ship, then the computer tells him he is dying and offers him drugs for his final hours.

    The thing ends with a whimper and I would have felt cheated if I had payed to see this. Now, after seeing it, I look at the hype currently out for it and shake my head at the deceptive promotion of this dreck.

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  14. yongjin02

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    stuff like this and some other items in the trailer make me think that this film is in part a mash up of WALL-E (the generation ship with all its amenities) and PANDORUM

    -----i am sure it will be on either HBO, AMAZON OR NF soon enough to watch there :)

    <<you know, I really appreciate that AT LEAST some producers and the studios are even making anything remotely sci-fi. keeps the genre alive in part. but i really wish they woulkds tart getting back to some good ole fashioned space travelling sci fi

    of course 2001 is the standard, but there are many other examples as well>>>
     
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  15. yongjin02

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    are they like guy with a smartphone in the audience copies or what?
     
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  16. Overmind One

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    Some are, some aren't. The Passengers viewing I did was awesome, and so was the sound. Whomever maintains the content will change them when better copies are available. Kodi takes the risk out of it because you don't download anything. :) You are just streaming from an unknown source.
     
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  17. heisenberg

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    I don't get why people bother to watch cams. They are shit quality for a start, and why run the risk of facing Jail time for recording it? It is an offence to steal it from the cinema...
     
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  18. Overmind One

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    So, you are confusing filming a cam with watching one that has been uploaded? This one was not a cam. But Rogue One was and it was an awesome cam with HD video and awesome sound! :) The one filming in the theater had to pay a ticket and sit in the seat. He or she simply filmed their PAID viewing. The only illegal thing is sharing the video with others, and it's only illegal because the law is in place to protect the PROFITS of the studio. The artists and the movie has already been paid for.

    I would never risk filming something in a theater. But watching it? Not a problem for me at all. Movies cost $15.00 just to buy a ticket now. And $6.00 tub of popcorn and $4.00 for a coke, all so you can sit in a seat which might have butt mites infested in it, and sticky floors with crusty half dried remains from the others who have sat there?

    :)

    No thanks, I see NOTHING ethically wrong or even illegal with watching these movies streaming. I have zero interest in stuffing the pockets of these greedy theaters, whose prices and venue are even more offensive.
     
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  19. heisenberg

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    Usually they have cams for movies that have just been released in the Cinema. It has nothing to do with ethics or morals here. I leave that discretion to the individual, but as far as I know, recording a cam is an offence and will get you arrested if caught.

    I also don't know which cinema you go to, but our tickets are 10 bucks on tuesdays, and it's not just the movie studios you are paying but your money pays the guys working there, plus it keeps the cinema's lights running. Yes the movie studios are paid and as are the directors, but the money is used to pay for other things such as the movie studios debtors/banks/rent for the cinema/paying the ticket inspector/paying to make the popcorn machines, paying the guy that delivers the goods to the cinema, paying the janitor at keeping the place clean. Plus the licensing to purchase those movies.

    Cinemas don't run on air. They have bills to pay just like you and I.
     
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  20. Overmind One

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    Although I agree with you, I also know that they have a monopoly on first releases, when the studios could be releasing them directly to the audience (at least those who prefer to watch on their home theaters). If I had not lived as long as I have and watched the prices SUDDENLY jump after Jaws because the mega-theater chains started appearing, I would possibly sympathize with you. But I know that just the 8:00pm showing alone pays all of the costs for the theater and staff for the WHOLE day plus some profit. And because they are chains, the packed theater downtown pays for the slack of the half empty theater in the suburbs. They are not at all the victims here.

    And there should be competition from independent theaters. I recently moved to Long Beach, and I live in a very retro neighborhood with a high hipster culture. On 4th Street, walking distance, is my neighborhood theater:

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    These theaters can charge $5.00 and you can get a whole large tub of popcorn for $2.00. Sodas and water are $1.00, and theater sized candy is $2.00. They cannot run Star Wars and Passengers because the mega theater chains get first dibs. Screw them. I would rather watch an independent film that the studios will NOT air because they had nothing to do with them, and have a nice theater night for under $20.00 and be able to walk home.

    Anywhere huge corporations are advertising and pushing their future movies and merchandising items is somewhere I do not want to be. Besides that, the movies are no longer all that great and they are MILLIONS cheaper to make than 20 years ago in terms of actual production. Now, as much as 50% can be spent on advertising and tie-ins.
     
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