Passengers (2016) Review

Today I was reminiscing the last time I went to the cinema to watch a film and I remembered the last film I had seen was Passengers which released 21st December and I had many thoughts going through my head when I was watching this film in the cinema.

The plot is simple: two people, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) are aboard a passenger ship which is headed to a new planet for habitation. These two people wake up ninety years early and as time goes on these two people start to fall in love with one another but a threat is looming which could cause the lives of 5000 people aboard the ship. Jim and Aurora are the only ones that can save them.

It was an okay film. The plot was interesting and the chemistry between Jim and Aurora was fantastic but I felt it was lacking in something. The film was a typical Sci-Fi film: “Oh no there’s something wrong with the ship!” “This is not my real job but I have to save everyone” “Don’t sacrifice yourself – I have to, I love you” “Oh no they are about to die – oh wait they are alive I’m so happy!” I man don’t get me wrong it was a good Sci-Fi film but I felt they needed to change it for it to be unique and original. This film just used the same formula that many other Sci-Fi films.

What was surprising was the easy flowing love story because most love stories in Sci-Fi are rushed and lack legitimacy but Passengers allows the love story to flow very naturally which is something very appreciative.  The reason helps to ake the story more heartfelt and natural as well as relatable because the audience witness Jim being alone for an entire year and this justifies his actions when he wakes up Aurora. I sympathised with Jim as he needed human companionship and it made me realised that this is what humanity is like now. Every human is so attached to technology that we have forgotten human companionship and so the film reminded that we all need each other to stay connected.

The special effects were amazing and I really appreciated how they managed to create an interesting storyline but I felt it did lack in more of the Sci-Fi and action side of things but then again the film was trying to sell itself as a romance film rather than a action Sci-Fi film. However the one thing I want to draw upon is that if you are going to emphasise the romance of the film then have a montage video of them growing old, having children or dying.

The threat however was a disappointment. A lot of suspense was built up and it was hyped until we realised the threat was just an meteorite. Sorry for the spolier but honestly it’s not much of a spolier. A meteorite threat for this kind of movie kills the vibe of the film a little because I think a film with high chemistry needs a high level threat to really test the romance. That would really help with the plot of the story.

The best thing of the film is the song: ‘Levitate’ by Imagine Dragons. It is one of the best songs I have heard and can just listen to it forever. The lyrics match the plot of the movie so well and it is a song I wish could have been played during the film but no it was playing in the credits.

This would really make the film really tug at the strings of your heart but hey with what they made I felt it was a well made film with great SFX and a intriguing story line. It’s a film that you could watch once and appreciate it once but not repeat watch.

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Dead By Daylight Review

Ever felt like you wanted to play a game with your friends that involved hide and seek but you didn’t want to go outside? I believe that this game is perfect for you, for this game allows you to play hide and seek … but you’re hiding from a monster that will sacrifice you to a God by yanking you on a hook. I would like to formally introduce you to the game: Dead By Daylight.

This is a multiplayer game of five people: Four survivors and one killer. The objective of the game is simple as it requires the survivors to start up five generators in order to escape the killer. The game is more focused on playing rather than plot I guess that doesn’t matter if all you want to do is re-enact your favourite horror movie. However the people that love plot, like me, will be interested by the backstory the developers have created for the killers since it gives you an insight on how and why the killers became who they are. The game released to everyone last year and it is continuously updated with new killers and playable DLCs that just adds to the excitement.

There are six killers in total with the latest killer having been released in December. The killers are as followed: The Trapper (Evan MacMillan), The Wraith (Philip Ojomo); The Hillbilly (Max Thompson Jr.); The Nurse (Sally Smithson); The Shape (Michael Myers) and The Hag (Lisa Sherwood). All these killers are perfectly designed and what is amazing that all these killers apart from The Shape is that the killers have all been created by the developers imagination.

It is so difficult to highlight my favourite killer because they all play so well but if I had to choose one, I would choose The Shape i.e. Michael Myers. Apart from the fact that he is an iconic horror movie character, he is the best designed killer of time. When he has the tiers, it allows for you to either kill with stealth or full on rage. Not only are the killers are amazing, the perks to go with the killers just increase the hype of the game play. Certain perks enable you certain hacks to beat either killers or the survivors like ‘Saboteur’ which allows you to take down the hooks or ‘Mori’ which is instant death for the survivor without having to put them on the hook.

The game is fantastic to play with friends and I believe it really shows how your friends are: whether they will rescue you off a hook and heal you or they will abandon you and leave through the exit while you are sacrificed to the entity. I honestly recommend playing the game provided you have to pay for it and you can receive some of the DLC’s for free but honestly this game is great to play with your friends. So connect on a Skype group chat and go out to either survive or kill your friends.