By Clint Morris
To say much about the plot for â€˜â€™Passengersâ€™â€™ would be robbing you of its funnest element: the goofy-but-kinda-surprising third-act. So what can I say? Well, I can tell you that Patrick Wilson (â€œLittle Childrenâ€) plays one of a group of plane-crash survivors who are receiving grief counseling from young therapist Claire (Anne Hathaway).
Whilst she falls head over heels in love for the charming but mysterious Eric, some of the other passengers come to the realization that the plane crash wasnâ€™t caused by human error. Of course, all is not what it seems â€“ including the picture itself which isnâ€™t the psychosomatic romantic dramedy it tries to pass itself off as in the first half.
Itâ€™s as messy as a teenagerâ€™s bedroom, and yet this befuddled romantic spookfest remains strangely entertaining â€“ if even in a guilty-pleasure kinda way. Nothing about it plays very credible (Anne Hathaway as a doctor!? Ha!) and director Rodrigo Garcia doesnâ€™t seem to know what type of film heâ€™s actually trying to make (the tone moves more than wind chimes on a stormy night), but the story at itâ€™s core isnâ€™t actually a bad one â€“ in fact, itâ€™s somewhat intriguing, if not even tenuously original.
The leads do a reasonably good job of convincing us theyâ€™re in love (and that one of them is a doctor! Ha! Oh, I mentioned that?) with Wilson also seemingly relishing the chance to do something a little lighter for a change (though he seems to have borrowed his interpretation of the mysterious Eric from Jeff Bridgesâ€™ Starman or Kevin Spaceyâ€™s here). The supporting cast â€“ including David Morse, Dianne Wiest, Andre Braugher, Clea DuVall and â€œX-Filesâ€ fave William B.Davis, in a blink-and-youâ€™ll-miss-him cameo â€“ all act as if theyâ€™re in a better movie, which is good for us, and Edward Shearmur provides the kind of affecting, emotionally-stirring score youâ€™d expect in a much more draining movie experience.
All-in-all this is a fairly junky movie thatâ€™s badly in need of a GPS to steer it in the right direction, but itâ€™s also one that, if you donâ€™t think too much about it (itâ€™s full of holes), you might just find yourself enjoying it.
A Hitchcockian thriller thatâ€™ll keep you guessing till the last reel – – or so it intended.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.