The premise is simple enough. The spaceship is transporting people to colonize a new planet in some distant star system. The humans are supposed to be hibernating in a cryogenic stasis until they arrive, but a malfunction has Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) wake up about 90 years too soon. With no means of going back into hibernation, the two have to struggle to survive on a ship that isn’t really meant for living, breathing humans. The two eventually fall for each other as they attempt to figure out the mystery behind the malfunction–only to be faced with the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.
One of the things I think is awesome about science fiction movies these days–at least the well done ones–is that they strive to be as technically accurate as possible. Even when dealing with fantastic hypotheticals and highly implausible scenarios, producers and directors consult with experts and go out of their way to make sure the proposed situation is at least possible from the perspective of science. The effort to be true to what is scientifically possible lends an air of realism to the movie that makes it that much more engaging.
Passengers is set to hit theaters on December 21, so I know at least one movie I will be seeing over the holiday break this year.