Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Review: Passengers (the movie)

Over the weekend we watched Passengers - a "psychological thriller" from way back in 2008. I can't recall a movie that's gotten in my head as much as this one, so I'm going to try to blog it out.

The movie had the fairly unusual quality of keeping both Shira and my interest complete piqued, until the last minute, where we were both totally unimpressed. That's the twist? we thought?! Whatever..

Shira promptly forgot about the movie and moved on.

I, on the other hand, have been rolling the movie over in my head, and am warming to it.

(SPOILER ALERT -- Apologies if my description below gives away any of the movie)

I'm thinking this is a movie that's probably meant to be watched twice - once through in the context of not knowing the twist, and again, once you've seen it through. Then, my guess, the nuance really shows itself. Otherwise, the movie is little more than a journey that slowly marches towards the big revelation at the end (with the viewer, just along for the ride).

The double viewing concept means that this isn't a typical movie - and I'll give it credit for that. It wanted to play around with some whacky ideas, and I'll give it credit for that too.

There - I've decided I've liked it. So, if you want to see a film that doesn't follow the typical rules, I'd give it a watch.

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