As in, she’s finally making a movie without writer/director David O. Russell, thank God. What’s more, this year’s Passengers, co-starring Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen, actually looks pretty great.
Lawrence plays Aurora, who, along with Pratt’s Jim, are passengers — get it? — aboard a spacecraft destined for a new planet. When their hibernation chambers malfunction, the two wake up 90 years ahead of schedule, leaving them alone aboard their doomed ship. Well, alone except for Sheen’s Arthur, their robotic bartender.
Passengers is one of those films that kind of ticks every success box: it has humor; what with Chris Pratt’s unique brand of charming banter, it’s hard to imagine a film with him in it that wouldn’t. It has romance, for all you holiday love birds out there. And it definitely has no shortage of action.
The film’s writer, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Dr. Strange), and its director, Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) seem well-matched for this sort of sci-fi drama, while Lawrence, Pratt and Sheen are all bankable stars. Plus, Passengers’ release date, which falls during the Christmas box office, pretty much guarantees its future success.
Passengers hits theaters December 21st.