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IT PROMISED A WORLD OF SMOOTH, RICH SPACE BLOCKBUSTER ROMANCE FEATURING TWO OF THE HOTTEST NEW ACTORS OF THE DECADE, JENNIFER “KATNISS EVERDEEN” LAWRENCE AND CHRIS "STAR-LORD" PRATT. PEOPLE HELD HIGH HOPES THAT IT WOULD JOIN THE IMITATION GAME AS A MORTEN TYLDUM DIRECTED MASTERPIECE. THEIR FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING ALL YEAR LONG ON A HYPE TRAIN THAT DERAILED AT THE LAST MINUTE WHEN CRITICS STARTED GIVING IT A “D”... BECAUSE WHAT WE ENDED UP WITH WAS A TOTAL NIGHTMARE.

THE PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS AND THE TRAILER REPRESENTED THE BEGINNING OF THE PLOT AS A 12-DECADE JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE WHERE TWO CRYOGENIC HIBERNATION PODS MALFUNCTIONED AND OPENED ONLY 3 DECADES IN, 9 DECADES TOO EARLY. THEY SAID PRATT AND LAWRENCE WOULD BE PART OF AN EPIC ROMANCE WHERE THEY’D BE FACED WITH THEIR OWN HOPELESS MORTALITY. DESPITE THE SPACECRAFT’S IMAGINATIVE SHAPE, THE SPECIAL EFFECTS SOON CAME INTO QUESTION. THEN, ANOTHER BOMBSHELL. AS IT TURNS OUT, PRATT’S CHARACTER GETS BORED AND LONELY WHEN ONLY HIS POD MALFUNCTIONS, AND IN ONE OF THE MOST SELFISH MOVES IN THE HISTORY OF NEGATIVELY-REVIEWED CINEMA, HE OPENS LAWRENCE’S POD AND SEALS HER DOOM JUST LIKE HIS OWN, JUST SO HE’LL HAVE SOME COMPANY. NOT ONLY DOES HE NOT THINK THROUGH WHETHER THIS COMPANION WILL BE FRIENDLY WITH HIM, BUT WHAT FOLLOWS IS ANOTHER CREEPY STALKER AND STOCKHOLM SYNDROME STORY WHICH, UNLIKE SOME OTHER RAZZIE-GRADE FILMS LIKE THE BOY NEXT DOOR AND WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, AUDIENCES DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR! BUT PERHAPS THE WORST ELEMENT OF THE WHOLE FILM IS THE 3RD ACT, WHEN THE SHIP STARTS TO GET DESTROYED, AND WHATEVER HEROES MAY RISE ENGAGE IN STUNTS THAT CALL BACK TO MUCH BETTER FILMS LIKE 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (ANCIENT TOP 30 MOVIES OF ‘968), GRAVITY (TOP 40 FILMS OF ‘013), AND THE MARTIAN (TOP 40 FILMS OF ‘015), BUT PASSENGERS ISN’T EVEN A PASSABLE IMITATION OF THOSE!

IF YOU CAN ARGUE FOR WHY THIS SHOULD BE A HIGHER PRIORITY FOR THE RAZZIES THAN FELLOW 12-21-016 RELEASE ASSASSIN’S CREED (WHICH HAS EVEN LOWER REVIEW SCORES), PASS JUDGMENT ONTO PASSENGERS BELOW!
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So about why it could be more deserving than Assassin's Creed. First off, this one's original, and when an original film is bad, that usually hurts worse because there might have been some potential, I mean not all the time when there are things like Nine Lives, but still. Also, when an original film is bad and it ends up not doing well, Hollywood then thinks they have to rehash instead.

But like I said earlier, lets not forget the fact that it was supposed to be this big blockbuster, as it has two of the newest and hottest (their words, not mine) young stars as a couple, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. However, it's looking like those aspirations have fizzled out, and such a loss can be pounced upon.
Worst Actor - Matt Damon (nom) (Been called uninteresting and is also accused of promoting a white savior movie. Also since his buddy Ben Affleck has been nominated multiple times, why not him?), Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.), Jamie Dornan (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Tom Hanks (nom) (He managed to avoid a nom for decades, BurnHollywoodBurn from years back even described him as "Un-Razz-able", but considering how much of a let down The Circle was and how he didn't bring much to it, maybe his time is now. Plus, he'd be interesting to nominate, and it's be weird to have Watson and not him too.), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom)(Not only did his movie pretty much flop, but he ends up complaining about the criticism on Twitter! Plus, he's been nominated before and Jumanji doesn't look so hot either.), and Mark Wahlberg (nom) (If this is his last "hurrah" in the Transformers movies, maybe he should get a nom as extra motivation to stay away. Marky Mark doesn't want to become a repeat offender, does he?)

Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!), Scarlett Johansson (nom) (Starred in two box-office bombs, one of them with the stigma of whitewashing. Plus it'd be interesting to have her.), Dakota Johnson (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Milla Jovovich (nom) (Considering that the last outing got her a nom, maybe she'll receive another one.), Amy Schumer (nom) (Not only has her humor been described as getting scale and one-note, but she's been labeling any criticisms of that as "evil conservatives" to try and dismiss them, and now this led up a movie that is not so well received for many reasons, not the least of which being that she did not bring the funny, and did pretty poorly at the box-office.), and Emma Watson (nom) (While starring in, at this point, the highest grossing movies of the year, she also stars in one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Could be something to pounce on.)

Worst Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (nom) (He does not lend much to the movie he stars in, and the special effects on him make his performance look worse!), Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!), Eric Johnson (nom) (Basically used to make Christian Grey look less bad by comparison!), Ben Kingsley (nom) (Not only a Razzie repeat offender, but his character in Collide keeps watching the Razzie nominated movie Perfect and keeps talking almost creepily about Razzie perennial Burt Reynolds!), Rob Lowe (nom) (Previously won a Razzie in this category, why not nominate him again if he's going to appear in films like Monster Trucks.), and John Turturro (nom) (He has made the ballots for the Transformers movies before, but always gets shut out. Maybe this will be his chance at a nom.)

Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.), Faye Dunaway (nom) (Razzie perennial Dunaway is attempting to make a big comeback, but starting off with The Bye Bye Man, not to mention being a part of the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, things do not look good for her.), Laura Haddock (nom) (She seems to be a good actress, but when put into a Bay movie where she has to look pretty while being a scientist, Star-Lord's mom cannot pull it off.), Marcia Gay Harden (nom) (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?), Goldie Hawn (nom) (Making her big-screen comeback in Snatched... a movie which stunk and she stunk in it, a surefire way to receive a second nom in this category.), and Isabela Moner (nom) (Comes off as a preachy character, more than likely going to annoy some.)

Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom) (Going to go down in history as the most Razzie nominated director thanks to these Transformers movies. I would not be surprised if he wins.), James Foley (Previous Razzie nominee has returned after about three decades to director the sequel to the Razzie winning Fifty Shades of Grey. I'd say he has this in the bag.), Alex Kurtzman (nom) (Speaking of Transformers, one of the Razzie winning writers of the first and second one tried to start a cinematic universe, and boy howdy, did it get off to a rocky start!), Guy Ritchie (nom) (Speaking of cinematic universes, previous Razzie winner and husband of Madonna tried to start one too, and man did it turn out messy!), Chris Wedge (nom) (Going from animation to live-action and came out with a write-off... yeah...), and Zhang Yimou (nom) (Even with his stylized directing, he could not make the characters interesting, or those lizard creatures look convincing.)
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R.T. (30-35%): "It proves Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence work well together -- and that even their chemistry isn't enough to overcome a fatally flawed story."

JimmyO's review.

WHAT THE FLICK?!'s video review.
oiram wrote
So about why it could be more deserving than Assassin's Creed.
Why do we have to choose? It's true that the last releases of each year have less chances of getting nominated, but plenty of them still go to the ballots. I still remember when all the wide releases of the last week of 2013 made it to the ballots.
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You don't have to choose, Vits, I'm just pleading my case on why Passengers deserves attention here.
Worst Actor - Matt Damon (nom) (Been called uninteresting and is also accused of promoting a white savior movie. Also since his buddy Ben Affleck has been nominated multiple times, why not him?), Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.), Jamie Dornan (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Tom Hanks (nom) (He managed to avoid a nom for decades, BurnHollywoodBurn from years back even described him as "Un-Razz-able", but considering how much of a let down The Circle was and how he didn't bring much to it, maybe his time is now. Plus, he'd be interesting to nominate, and it's be weird to have Watson and not him too.), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom)(Not only did his movie pretty much flop, but he ends up complaining about the criticism on Twitter! Plus, he's been nominated before and Jumanji doesn't look so hot either.), and Mark Wahlberg (nom) (If this is his last "hurrah" in the Transformers movies, maybe he should get a nom as extra motivation to stay away. Marky Mark doesn't want to become a repeat offender, does he?)

Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!), Scarlett Johansson (nom) (Starred in two box-office bombs, one of them with the stigma of whitewashing. Plus it'd be interesting to have her.), Dakota Johnson (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Milla Jovovich (nom) (Considering that the last outing got her a nom, maybe she'll receive another one.), Amy Schumer (nom) (Not only has her humor been described as getting scale and one-note, but she's been labeling any criticisms of that as "evil conservatives" to try and dismiss them, and now this led up a movie that is not so well received for many reasons, not the least of which being that she did not bring the funny, and did pretty poorly at the box-office.), and Emma Watson (nom) (While starring in, at this point, the highest grossing movies of the year, she also stars in one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Could be something to pounce on.)

Worst Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (nom) (He does not lend much to the movie he stars in, and the special effects on him make his performance look worse!), Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!), Eric Johnson (nom) (Basically used to make Christian Grey look less bad by comparison!), Ben Kingsley (nom) (Not only a Razzie repeat offender, but his character in Collide keeps watching the Razzie nominated movie Perfect and keeps talking almost creepily about Razzie perennial Burt Reynolds!), Rob Lowe (nom) (Previously won a Razzie in this category, why not nominate him again if he's going to appear in films like Monster Trucks.), and John Turturro (nom) (He has made the ballots for the Transformers movies before, but always gets shut out. Maybe this will be his chance at a nom.)

Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.), Faye Dunaway (nom) (Razzie perennial Dunaway is attempting to make a big comeback, but starting off with The Bye Bye Man, not to mention being a part of the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, things do not look good for her.), Laura Haddock (nom) (She seems to be a good actress, but when put into a Bay movie where she has to look pretty while being a scientist, Star-Lord's mom cannot pull it off.), Marcia Gay Harden (nom) (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?), Goldie Hawn (nom) (Making her big-screen comeback in Snatched... a movie which stunk and she stunk in it, a surefire way to receive a second nom in this category.), and Isabela Moner (nom) (Comes off as a preachy character, more than likely going to annoy some.)

Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom) (Going to go down in history as the most Razzie nominated director thanks to these Transformers movies. I would not be surprised if he wins.), James Foley (Previous Razzie nominee has returned after about three decades to director the sequel to the Razzie winning Fifty Shades of Grey. I'd say he has this in the bag.), Alex Kurtzman (nom) (Speaking of Transformers, one of the Razzie winning writers of the first and second one tried to start a cinematic universe, and boy howdy, did it get off to a rocky start!), Guy Ritchie (nom) (Speaking of cinematic universes, previous Razzie winner and husband of Madonna tried to start one too, and man did it turn out messy!), Chris Wedge (nom) (Going from animation to live-action and came out with a write-off... yeah...), and Zhang Yimou (nom) (Even with his stylized directing, he could not make the characters interesting, or those lizard creatures look convincing.)
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Jeremy Jahns' video review.
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So basically the acting itself is all right, the problem is with the story? Because then it shouldn't be considered for Worst Actor/Worst Actress, but more for Worst Screenplay/Worst Movie or Worst Director.
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Richard Roeper's review.
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Peter Travers' review.
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I'm watching it tonight with a heavy hesitant heart.  I wasn't planning on it but a friend asked me to host a meetup tonight (instead of having her cancel the meetup for personal reasons).

I'm hoping the reported atrocity of an ending is overblown critical negative-hype.  But I suspect it's genuine....
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Fernando Marambio (2/7): "Luckily, Jennifer Lawrence brings out the required sensitivity to save a character less convincing than WILSON, the ball that accompanied Tom Hanks in CASTAWAY. [...] Cute and likeable, they look more like a pair ready to party than a couple facing loneliness. [...] The dissapointing part of the movie is that, after a promising start, it loses its way until it crashes with an abrupt and emotionless ending. Its director, Morten Tydlum (responsible for THE IMITATION GAME) seems like a castaway who threw a bottle into the sea with a blurry message. There's no way the guy can be rescued."
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31% at Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/passengers_2016/

Which is still above the star-studded feelgood gloop of Collateral Beauty (that's at 13%), but still bad for a movie that the studio was probably hoping would be a box office hit like Gravity or Interstellar.
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Antonio Martínez (2/5): "Norwegian Morten Tydlum, director of THE IMITATION GAME, in his first movie filmed at Hollywood, clearly establishes the thing that matters the most: Avalon, the spaceship. In this character, the great film industry shows its merits and engineering. It's spectacle and imagination. Its architecture, volumes and visual effects. However, the problem is that this isn't aeronautics. If you remove the spaceship from the equation, what's left is a mediocre movie."
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