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Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction romance film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts, partially based on the 1950s EC Comics story '50 Girls 50'. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, with Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne in supporting roles. The plot depicts two people who are awakened ninety years too early from an induced hibernation on a spaceship, transporting thousands of passengers, travelling to a colony on a planet in a star system 125 light years from Earth. 

The script was written in 2007 by Spaihts but was kept in development hell, with multiple actors attached over the years. In December 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment picked up the film's rights, with Tyldum attached to direct. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence were cast as the two leads in February 2015. The film was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, Start Motion Pictures, Original Film, LStar Capital, Wanda Pictures and Company Films. Principal photography took place at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Atlanta, Georgia from September 2015 to February 2016. It is the last film from Columbia Pictures to have the involvement of Village Roadshow Pictures

Passengers Movie Cast

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane, a journalist and writer
  • Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, a mechanical engineer
  • Michael Sheen as Arthur, an android bartender on the Avalon
  • Laurence Fishburne as Gus Mancuso, the chief deck officer
  • Julee Cerda and Nazanin Boniadi as hologram instructors
  • Andy García as Captain Norris, the commanding officer of the Avalon
  • Aurora Perrineau as Celeste, Aurora's best friend
  • Emma Clarke, Chris Edgerly, Matt Corboy, Fred Melamed, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts appear as the voices of the Avalon, InfoMat, video game, observatory, and Autodoc respectively.
  • Passengers Movie Released Date  


    Directed by
    Morten Tyldum

    Produced by
    Stephen Hamel
    Michael Maher
    Neal H. Moritz
    Ori Marmur

    Written by
    Jon Spaihts

    Jennifer Lawrence
    Chris Pratt
    Michael Sheen
    Laurence Fishburne
    Andy García

    Music by
    Thomas Newman

    Rodrigo Prieto

    Edited by
    Maryann Brandon

    Production companies
    Columbia Pictures
    LStar Capital
    Village Roadshow Pictures
    Wanda Pictures
    Original Film
    Company Films
    Start Motion Pictures

    Distributed by
    Sony Pictures Releasing

    Release date
    December 14, 2016 (Regency Village Theater)
    December 21, 2016 (United States)

    Running time 116 minutes

    United States


    $110–150 million

    Box office
    $303.1 million

    Passengers Movie Review 

    The Avalon, a sleeper ship transporting 5,000 colonists and 258 crew members in hibernation pods, is on course from Earth to the planet Homestead II, a journey lasting 120 years. Thirty years into the journey, an asteroid collision damages the ship, resulting in a malfunction that awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer James "Jim" Preston, 90 years too early.

    After a year of isolation, with only an android barman named Arthur for company, Jim grows despondent and contemplates suicide until he notices a beautiful young woman named Aurora Lane inside her pod. Jim views Aurora's video file and is smitten with her. After struggling with the morality of prematurely reviving Aurora for companionship, thereby robbing her of her future life, he awakens her anyway, letting her believe that her pod also malfunctioned. Jim asks Arthur to keep the secret that he woke her up until Jim himself has told her. Aurora, devastated at having to live out her life on the ship, unsuccessfully attempts to re-enter hibernation. Resigned to the situation, Aurora, a writer and journalist, begins writing a book about her experience.

    Over the next year, Jim and Aurora slowly grow closer, eventually falling in love with each other. Jim intends to propose to Aurora, but after Arthur hears Jim say that there are "no secrets" between Aurora and him, Arthur inadvertently reveals the truth to her. Aurora, anguished, alternately berates, shuns, and physically attacks Jim. She furiously rejects Jim's pleas for forgiveness, and she avoids any contact with him.

    Soon after, another pod failure awakens Gus Mancuso, Chief Deck Officer. He discovers multiple failures throughout the ship's systems, although the computer does not reveal what is causing them. If not repaired, the ship will continue suffering critical system failures and the mission may fail, which could cost the lives of all the hibernating passengers and crew. Gus attempts to repair the ship with Jim and Aurora's help but he soon falls critically ill, due to complications from the failure of his pod's life support. The Autodoc, the ship's automated medical diagnostics and treatment pod, reveals that Gus has only hours to live. Before dying, Gus gives Jim and Aurora authorization to access crew-only areas and to repair the ship.

    Jim and Aurora discover a series of hull breaches from the asteroid collision two years earlier. The computer module administering the fusion reactor powering the ship has been critically damaged, causing the ship's cascading malfunctions as all of the other systems divert computing power towards trying to maintain the reactor. Jim and Aurora are unsuccessful in trying to vent the reactor, resulting in the reactor destabilizing. Jim and Aurora replace the damaged module, but when the computer attempts to vent the reactor to extinguish a runaway plasma reaction, the exterior vent hatch fails. Jim is forced to spacewalk and vent the plasma from outside using the manual hatch controls within the vent tube. A malfunction forces Jim to stay within the tube to manually keep the hatch open while Aurora initiates the venting from inside the ship. She admits being terrified of losing Jim and being left alone. Jim uses a door as a shield but is blasted out into space and his tether snaps. His damaged spacesuit loses oxygen, and he falls unconscious. Aurora manages to retrieve a clinically dead Jim from space and resuscitate him in the Autodoc.

    Afterwards, Jim learns that the Autodoc can function as a makeshift hibernation pod for one person. He can put Aurora back in hibernation for the remainder of the voyage and offers her the chance to make it to Homestead II and live her desired life, willing to become alone again to do so. Realizing that she would never see Jim again, Aurora chooses to remain awake with Jim, and he presents her with the ring he had made, which she accepts.

    Eighty-eight years later, the ship's crew is awakened on schedule, shortly before arrival at Homestead II. In the ship's grand concourse area they discover a huge tree, many trailing vines, much vegetation, birds flying, and a cabin. Aurora's voice-over is reading her story, describing the wonderful life she and Jim had together on the Avalon.

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