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Passengers

Release Date: October 24, 2008
Limited release


Movie of the Day for Sunday, September 14, 2008
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I swear, Kate Winslet means nothing to me.

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45/127 Max Braden Some pretty cool visuals. Not as bad as the reviews indicate.
131/196 Max Braden I won't give the twist away but it's something you've seen before and isn't worth the time here.

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At the tender age of 25, Anne Hathaway’s career has already gone swimmingly. After landing a role in the short-lived 1999 Fox series, Get Real, back when she was only 16, the actress leveraged this experience into a starring role in a Disney movie. That release, The Princess Diaries, was a bona fide blockbuster, earning $108.2 million domestically against a budget of only $37 million. A sequel was commissioned and that film was a huge hit as well, earning $95.1 million against a $40 million budget.

Hathaway’s career has not been perfect since then. Missteps such as Ella Enchanted ($22.9 million), Nicholas Nickleby ($1.3 million), and Becoming Jane ($18.7 million) have occurred along the way. Two of these were attempts to build up her credibility as a legitimate actress, however, something her work in Brokeback Mountain emphatically did for her. With her current success in The Devil Wears Prada ($124.7 million) and Get Smart, Hathaway’s never been in better shape career-wise, but she is again choosing to branch out as a thespian rather than focus solely on huge money-making projects.

Her latest role is that of a therapist in Sony’s Passengers, a film that is part FlightPlan, part Final Destination (the first one) and part The Forgotten. Hathaway’s character, Claire Summers, is assigned a group of survivors from a plane crash. Her job is to help them deal with their grief, but this situation is complicated when one of them, Eric (Patrick Wilson of Little Children), denies the veracity of the accepted series of events. As she attempts to get him to acknowledge that he is in a state of shock over what occurred, the mystery deepens when other members of the group begin to disappear. Claire and Eric must work together to resolve the truth behind the circumstances that have linked them together.

On a quirky sidenote, Passengers offers a reunion of David Morse with Andre Braugher, his occasional co-star on the 2002-2004 CBS series, Hack. Other members of the cast are Clea DuVall (But I’m a Cheerleader) and two-time Academy Award winning actress Dianne Wiest (last seen in Dan in Real Life). Passengers is probably more in line with Anne Hathaway’s less successful works than it is her $100 million blockbusters, but her presence on the project immediately raises its overall awareness as well as box office potential. (David Mumpower/BOP)


Vital statistics for Passengers
Main Cast Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse
Supporting Cast Andre Braugher, Clea DuVall, Dianne Wiest
Director Rodrigo Garcia
Screenwriter Ronnie Christensen
Distributor Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Screen Count 125
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