Also known as budget-Interstellar.

Passengers has been on my radar for a while now. The science-fiction script, penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), has been circulating Hollywood for years now, and is by all accounts terrific. Its being directed by Oscar-nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), and stars two A-listers in Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Based on that information alone, this film sounds spectacular.

Well then let’s take a look at that trailer:

Well that was underwhelming.

First off, this trailer shows a lot, like almost the entire film a lot. Sony could have played up the mystery of why Pratt and Lawrence were woken up when no one else was. Instead they decided to go full throttle with the “save the world” plot, complete with the pulsing organ score aped from Interstellar.

“If you die, I die,” ugh.

This trailer makes Passengers looks so insanely derivative and generic, and at times unintentionally hilarious. You can’t tell me with a straight face that the shot of the robot bartender slamming his head against the bar and sliding down it unfazed wasn’t ridiculous. Plus the random split-second shot of Laurence Fishburne that came out of nowhere.

I was really excited for Passengers, but this trailer has dimmed my excitement somewhat. I’m sure Pratt and Lawrence will be great together (their chemistry looks fantastic in this trailer), but this looks to be an instance where the the concept may be better than the actual execution. Hopefully this is just a poorly put together trailer. I’m still greatly looking forward to Passengers, only less so than before.

Here’s the synopsis:

On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

Passengers hits theaters December 21st and will most likely be swallowed by the behemoth that is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. What did you guys think of the trailer? Sound off in the comments below.

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