Lost in space

Monumental Pictures

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt may have brought electricity to the screen in their signature roles in dystopian worlds and other galaxies as well as our own, even picking up Oscars along the way, but even they can’t sell the bone-tired familiarity of Passengers. It has an unshakeable sense that there’s surely a chance this is a remake of a kitshy 70s space opera that plays frequently on late-night TV, for you can see every twist ten steps ahead. It’s not a question of what specifically influenced the film, instead how many times it’s been done before. It’s Lost in SpaceStar TrekMoon; even an adult version of Silversun, that show on the ABC in the early 2000s; and on and on. Even before that, it’s the granddaddy of them all – 2001: A Space Odyssey.

To traverse such well-trodden, borrowed land, one must have some kind of tweak…

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