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PASSENGERS was released in theaters without any fanfare and minimal
marketing. It left theaters quickly without even a whimper. SONY has released
this thriller on blu-ray, and while the film's conclusion feels like a sincere
attempt from its director to say something important about the human experience,
the majority of the film is so derivative of other superior films, that its
ending is as annoying as it is touching! Anne Hathway plays Claire Summers, a
psychotherapist assigned to provide accute treatment for the five survivors of a
plane crash. While trying to piece the confusing events of the crash together,
while hearing the patients voice conflicting memories, Claire suspects the
airline is hiding something important. Making things even more distressing for
her, patients begin to become missing, one by one, around the time an Airline
Executive appears and begins to pay close attention to Claire's investigative
efforts. Oh, and Claire also begins to have a romantic relationship with one of
the survivors too! All of these various conflicts are surprisingly well-handled
as individual scenes, but, they just don't blend well together! It's as if these
well-acted, powerful, individual moments all belonged to different films! The
only example we can compare it to is what happened with the awful remake of "OUT
OF THE PAST," titled "AGAINST ALL ODDS." No, "PASSENGERS" is never as dreadfully
unintentionally laughable as the pile of crap! In fact, it's hard to consider
"PASSENGERS" as a "bad" film. It's just that its ending deserves everything that
preceded it to be so much more and better than what's offered!
SONY has provided the correct 2:40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray
release. While colors are intentionally restrained, they're never dull.
Fleshtones appear perfectly natural, and detail is flawless! That's right,
F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S!!!! Every scene, from the opening til the end credits, offers
great depth! Regardless of how bright or dark a scene plays out, there aren't
any flat images here!
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Heavy on dialogue, the mix is
surprisingly active without feeling aggressive. Ambient effects are aplenty,
and even interior scenes, that would otherwise be typically uneventful, offer an
immersive experience due to creative panning effects and terrific dynamic range.
In addition to BD-LIVE features, we get a worthwhile commentary with Director
Rodrigo Garcia and actor Patrick Wilson. Both are remarkably candid, passionate
and captivating throughout the entire commentary.
Deleted scenes are only offered in standard resolution, but one of the three is
Two featurettes(in hd) examining the effects behind the plane crash and the
film's production are also, surprisingly entertaining.