Anne Hathaway puts her scarily-large eyes to dramatic effect in this painfully slow drama. Actually, her eyes are about the only ones open by the end since it felt like the whole week had passed. The big shock in the film is obvious about 5 minutes into the first act, so it's tedious in how it plays out. I actually guessed that she wasn't a counselor at all simply because her pointlessly probing questions and unprofessional ethics led me to think that was all part of the twist. It's actually just lack of research by the screenwriter, and had nothing to do with the film.
The sad part is that while the acting is very routine, most of the pacing and story-telling-gone-awry could have been fixed in the editing suite. Too many hints were dropped too fast, and this created vast gaps where nothing happened (a Hathaway trademark, judging by Rachel Getting Married). I'm surprised this got out the studio in this cut - and that the DVD sleeve design also pretty much gives away the supernatural nature of the film (and the twist).
*Sigh*. I 'm watching The Wrestler tonight. Hopefully it's good.
On the surface PASSENGERS is the story about airplane crash following which the airline hires a psychologist Dr Claire Summers (Anne Hathaway) to hold group therapy sessions for those PTSD survivors. The group is strange, not so much for the crash but more for the lives they've lived leading up to the crash - or so Claire believes. Claire is particularly drawn to Eric (Patrick Wilson) who seems somehow above the emotional trauma and indeed begins to 'court' Claire with requests for house calls, … more
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): 1. Plane crashes 2. Anne Hathaway plays a grief counselor providing her services to the 5 survivors. 3. She doesn't seem to be having much luck 4. Against professional ethics, she gets involved with one of them 5. People start dropping out of counseling 6. It's probably because of her boring questions 7. The so called twist is obvious more than half an hour before … more