Passengers movie review: After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire (Anne Hathaway), is assigned by her mentor (Andre Braugher) to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident -- which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened -- Claire is intrigued by Eric (Patrick Wilson), the most secretive of the passengers. Just as Claire's professional relationship with Eric -- despite her better judgment -- blossoms into a romance, the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Claire suspects that Eric may hold all the answers and becomes determined to uncover the truth, no matter the consequences.
The buzz: With Hathaway currently enjoying some of the best reviews of her career for “Rachel Getting Married,” how come this romantic thriller co-starring the likable and talented Wilson is getting dumped with a low profile release and no advance screenings for critics? Could it be because director Rodrigo Garcia has done stronger work in series television (“Carnivale,” “In Treatment”) than feature films (the episodic dramas “Nine Lives” and “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her”)?
The verdict: It’s not too surprising the studio is burying this variation on the Ewan McGregor-Naomi Watts 2005 flop “Stay” (with a healthy dose of the Jennifer Lopez-Jim Caviezel 2001 dud “Angel Eyes”), what’s surprising is that it was even made at all. Consummate professionals Hathaway and Wilson do their part to disguise the film’s lack of energy or originality, with Wilson bringing a mischievous spark to his character that threatens to make things almost interesting. The duo even develop an easy chemistry—crucial for a film that prioritizes romance over its thriller elements. But Garcia had a better outlet for working out themes of living life to its fullest on “Six Feet Under,” and anyone who doesn’t see the film’s “twist” ending coming from miles away just hasn’t seen enough thrillers. Source: Metromix
Box Office: The film was released in 125 theaters on October 24, 2008 and earned $173,544 on the opening weekend. As of February 2009, the film grossed total of $2,763,289: $292,437 from domestic location and $2,470,852 from overseas locations.