A movie about being alone, impossible choices, and forgiveness

Worthy: Passengers (Movie)

This is not a movie for critics. Who likes a critic anyways? They’re close-minded. If you’re like me and are naturally critical with movies, turn off your inner critic before watching this. I did and saw it as a lovely, thought-provoking story.

Passengers is marketed as sci-fi with a little bit of romance but it’s actually all romance. The science fiction aspect of it, as a screenwriting teacher I had at UCLA said, is “just furniture.” The “furniture” is the details that revolve around the plot, problem, and emotions. In Passengers these details are the spaceship, the robots, the space scenes, and the futuristic gadgets.

These details make the move cool but are now what made it good. What made the movie good was a series of questions the movie posed:

  • How long can you be alone for until you break?
  • In a lonely world, would you continue being alone or pull someone from the social world to keep you company without giving them a choice?
  • Can you be happy anywhere, with anyone, even if it’s just you?

The lesson I like most about Passengers is that you don’t need to be in any specific place to be happy. And you don’t need to be part of a group (society). What you need is peace of mind (and a beautiful human partner helps).

This lesson is good too: You can — and should — forgive people after they do seemingly unforgivable things if they have a good heart.

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