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Actors: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse, Andre Braugher, Dianne Wiest
Director: Rodrigo García
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
While helping a handful of plane crash survivors cope with their grief, young psychologist Claire Summers (2008 Best Actress, Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married) begins to uncover conflicting accounts of ... more »
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Rick G. (hewhoispapa) from MARTINEZ, CA
Reviewed on 7/6/2014...
Great acting and a surprising story delivered here by director Rodrigo GarcĂa (with expressed admiration from cast and crew). Anne Hathaway delivers a nuanced performance as Claire, a psychology major who is tasked to counsel the survivors of a plane crash. The nuances come from her naivetĂ© and her lack of experience in dealing with life and death issues, as well as reluctantly coping with a budding romantic relationship. This relationship develops in fits and starts with Eric (a strong unpredictable performance by Patrick Wilson), one of the crash survivors. This is questionable behavior bordering on the unethical given her role as counselor.
Claireâ€™s assignment involves holding group counselling sessions with half dozen or so survivors. As the sessions take place over time, fewer and fewer participants show up. Eric, who has refused to be treated as a patient from the beginning, uses his personal meetings with Claire to pursue a more intimate relationship. He challenges her to do things she wouldnâ€™t normally do. She, being conservative, has avoided taking risks in her life. But he has her riding behind him on a motorcycle, taking a boat out to sea, and climbing up the side (fire escape) of a tall building. She gains more and more confidence in herself as she survives each experience.
Arkin (David Morse) as an employee of the fatal airline, appears to be participating in an airline cover-up by insisting the cause was pilot error in spite of several survivors attesting to an explosion of an engine. And he continues to appear now and then, attempting to convince Claire that she and the survivors cannot be trusted to be accurate. Claire asks her boss Perry (Andre Braugher as a father figure) for help. He attempts to quiet her fears. She tells him that survivors are no longer showing up to the group sessions, and he reminds her that this is normal behavior. At the same time, Claire is being subtly guided by Toni (Dianne Wiest as a mother figure), who apparently lives next-door, and keeps appearing from time-to-time with helpful observations revealing she knows more about Claire than youâ€™d expect from a neighbor.
The movie is too good to ruin it for the numerous observers reading this review to include spoilers. So letâ€™s just say the movie develops some moving twists and turns toward the end. And even though Iâ€™ve been â€śspoiled,â€ť I will watch it again in the future.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 4/11/2014...
I loved this movie. I don't like to spoil so I will just say I like a little romance with my mystery.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Leah G. (Leahbelle) from GROVER BEACH, CA
Reviewed on 11/24/2013...
This movie was strange and mysterious in a weird sort of way, with a very surprising twist at the end which causes all of the puzzling pieces to fall into place. The acting is superb.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Robbi C. (silverscreensilent22) from WEBSTER GRVS, MO
Reviewed on 4/9/2011...
Really, really liked this: a ghost story that doesn't hit you over the head with hard-core horror and gore. Movie well done, with good performances all around and a twist ending.
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
First class and very moving!
Jason Briggs | London, United Kingdom | 04/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Have to completely disagree with the put-down reviews below. This was an excellent and moving film with a very strong performance from Anne Hathaway inparticular. Be careful what you read below - one reviewer gives away the whole plot (why people do this in reviews I'll never know...). The film does leave you wondering what is really going on and it is NOT predictable. People tend to say this AFTER they have seen a film, I notice! Anyway, if you like any of Anne Hathaway's work, you will like this - and if you don't, then try this one out - you may be pleasantly surprised. Anne Hathaway has perhaps fallen into the same trap as many other excellent actresses in that she is type-cast over and over in fairly 'blah' roles (eg in films such Ella Enchanted, Bride Wars or Devil Wears Prada), roles which do not allow her to display her acting talents to their fullest. Passengers fortunately, is a film that does let us see what Anne is capable of and hopefully she will do other films of a more serious nature in the future, as she can most certainly carry them.
As an aside, Sandra Bullock comes to mind as someone who was (is?) in a similar postion to Anne. I have always felt that she has remarkable acting talent and it is only in recent years that I have really seen it coming out in her films, Premonition being a fine example (and the Lakehouse - though to a much lesser degree).
addendum - having watched Passengers about 3 times now, I would most certainly bump it up to 5 stars and also recommend the extremely moving soundtrack. This film is of a much, much deeper nature than it may first appear and is one of those few films that I can say has 'touched' me inside. I feel this is due to a combination of the film's subject matter, the score and Anne Hathaway's very powerful performance."
Incredibly Uncanny Film; Will Blow You Away in Entirety
Joel Ramnaraine | Orlando FL, USA | 05/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"EDIT: I just finished watching "Lost." The movie is basically a replica of the show. It's still a good movie but not as "original" as I though.
I was sitting in my college dorm, browsing Netflix, looking for a good movie to stream. I'd never heard of "Passengers," and was pretty hesitant to watch it. I was expecting your typical "airplane crash" mystery flic and for a while it seemed to be moving in that direction. Soon enough however, I found myself in a lost state, unsure of what was happening--the pieces were there but something just wasn't "right." For the intellectual kind, this movie will keep your brain going--not hard to understand at all but incredibly intriguing. The surprise ending literally left me is a special kind of shock that I can most definitely appreciate.
Typically I'd get into detail about camera angles and soundtrack score--elements which were all greatly constructed and implemented in this film--but I am in genuine and sincere awe of the storyline and overall concept of the film. After reading the previous reviews, I guess it may not be for the typical moviegoer but if you give it a chance you'll certainly develop a GREAT appreciation for it. The film, however, was amazing at keeping my attention and interest.
I think I have a new favorite... you might too."
Love look at the two of us
bernie | Arlington, Texas | 03/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The film starts with a crash but is seems quite slow paced. Mr. Perry (t Andre Braugher) thinks that it is time for a therapist Claire summers (Anne Hathaway) to do something practical so she is assigned to help the passengers of the recent plane crash. The passenger's accounts of the plane crash vary greatly and soon the passengers seem to be disappearing or at least not coming to the sessions. It appears that the airline is covering something up and everybody is in on it. Is Claire paranoid to the point where she cannot function properly?
With the creepy mystique and the slow pace and mysterious people, our minds are racing ahead. We remember all of the conspiracy movies spooky movies and just downright movies of all kinds in the twists. Okay which one is this one going to be? Now who is paranoid?
It is best to let the movie unfold into with the flow and you may find that you enjoy it and with all movies that have a mystery about them you will want to re-watch this to see what you missed.
One suspicious character is Airline representative Arkin played by David Morse. See him again in "Contact" (1997).
I only saw the Blu-ray so I cannot compare to other versions but be sure to also listen to the voice over commentary by Rodrigo Garcia - Director and Patrick Wilson who plays Eric.