|Passengers is not that bad, . . .
||[Dec. 22nd, 2016|12:02 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
. . . honest. Actually, it's not bad at all. It is real sci-fi for one thing. So many so-called sci-fi flicks are just The Magnificant Seven or Rio Bravo or The Good, The Bad and the Ugly set in space with laser blasters instead of six-guns. That includes the Star Wars franchise and much (though not all) of the Star Trek franchise. I rilly, rilly like rill sci-fi and this was sci-fi, not a transplanted western. I'd give it three stars: Entertaining and engaging, but not ground-breaking sci-fi or history making cinema. The Century 14 downtown lets me in for five bucks a pop and this was all the way worth my five bucks. There are a few unique scenes; like what happens to the water in a swimming pool when the artificial gravity goes haywire? They did that really well and believably.
I wonder if any of the low Tomato Meter readings have anything to do with not wanting to give Jennifer Lawrence any more kudos than they absolutely have to because she's had so much success at a pretty young age with some excellent performances and involvement in some blockbuster franchises. Jennifer's been in better movies and she's been in worse. Passengers is a bread and butter movie that entertains like it should and is one hell of a lot better than about 70% of the "sci-fi" out there. It also has one of the coolest spaceships I've seen in a while. So there.
'Mater Meter: 31% Phrembahmeter: 76%