NBC Chicago (US), May 18, 2010
Adam & Eve. In Space. With Keanu Reeves. IT CAN’T FAIL!
by Drew Magary
As I’ve stated here in the past, I love me some out there movie ideas. A Christian movie starring Bo Duke and scored by AC/DC? Oh, count me in. And now comes “Passengers,” a movie starring Keanu Reeves that’s being billed as “Adam & Eve in space.” I assume the apple comes freeze dried. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Set in the future, "Passengers" centers on Jim Preston (Reeves), a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship.
A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim's misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself.
Well hey, that sounds pretty cool. It’s got robots and sex and sleeping. I’m down with all three of those components. I’m intrigued. Let’s read on…
(Morgan Creek founder) Jim Robinson said the film is essentially a love story but with sophisticated robotics, a crusty older character a la Tommy Lee Jones and a comic humanoid servant a la Eddie Izzard. (Those roles too have yet to be cast.)
"I think of the picture as having the after-taste of 'Titanic' -- but everyone lives," he said.
OH WELL, THANKS FOR THE SPOILER, BUDDY! YOU JUST DOOMED YOUR OWN SHIP!
THR reports the movie will have set designs created by some of the folks who worked on “Avatar,” and the $90 million budget assures this baby should look nice and spiffy by the time it hits theaters. There’s no mention of 3D here, though I’m sure Morgan Creek will weigh that option. I’m all for original sci-fi ideas making it to the big screen, and while you may laugh at Reeves’ wooden acting “style,” the fact is that, once a decade, the man makes a point of headlining a movie that’s actually good.
I also like any movie that takes a Biblical story and sets it out in space. I think more Bible stories should get that treatment. Cain and Abel… IN SPACE. Sodom and Gomorrah… IN SPACE. David and Goliath… IN SPACE. The Book Of Genesis… IN SPACE. Actually, that one kinda does take place in space. But not with robots and spaceships, the way it deserves to.