Directed by Morten Tyldum, Passengers follows two passengers – Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) – who are onboard a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. With the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy, Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse.
(Written for Filmoria)
The summer blockbusters are coming to an end for 2015, and with a few big releases still left for the rest of the year, we’re already eager for 2016 to get a move on. One of the most anticipated films we can’t wait to see is DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, just to see how DC do in the battle of the superhero films.
Linking to my previous review for British thriller Retreat, starring Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell which you can read here, Contagion is the second film to be released this month that explores the widespread of a killer virus. As an American take on the genre, Contagion tackles the situation in a completely different way, concluding in a seemingly more optimistic outcome and looking at the effects of a virus globally.
Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh, follows the rapid spread of a lethal virus caught through indirect contact. As the fast-moving pandemic grows, we see how a variety of people deal with the situation, including worldwide medical team members, Dr Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard), Dr Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) and Dr Erin Mears (Kate Winslet), journalist Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), and parents Mitch (Matt Damon) and Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow). With a race to find a cure and to control the panic as the world turns to mayhem, we see the lengths these people go to in order to save the world whilst having to maintain their own reputations at the same time.