Rapid Reviews | Why is ‘Passengers’ So Danged Creepy?

It only LOOKS like a romantic adventure in space. Find out what went wrong in just sixty seconds.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

It’s one of the most inaccurately marketed movies of the year: Passengers, which the trailers want you to believe is a sci-fi romance about two people stranded in space, and technically is kind of that thing, but is actually something very different and a whole lot creepier than audiences are likely to expect.

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So what, exactly, happened here? How does Passengers take an idea that makes such a great trailer and transform it into a disturbing nightmare of dehumanization? You can read our illustrious film critic William Bibbiani’s review of Passengers to find out in detail, or read his interview with the director of Passengers about the film’s unsettling subtext, but we understand that you might be short on time. That’s why we have Rapid Reviews!

Just watch the video below to learn everything you desperately need to know about Passengers in just sixty seconds. Then come back next Friday for another rapid-fire episode of Rapid Reviews!

Also: Morten Tyldum on the Troubling Ethics of ‘Passengers’ (Exclusive Spoiler Interview)


William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most CravedRapid Reviews and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.

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