Passengers (2016)

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New this month Corrected entry: Aurora said she was on a return voyage, but we learn the ship is incapable of putting passengers into hypersleep, as this can only be done with advanced equipment on Earth. How was she supposed to get back?

New this month Correction: Jim talks about the facility and prep they went though before going into the pod. The Homestead II could easily have the same equipment. The equipment is not on the ship since there should be no reason for anyone to be put back into hypersleep.

New this month Correction: They could have a ship that has prepped pods to put people back into hyper sleep for the return trip. Not this ship obviously as nobody was supposed to go back straight away, but the second ship to arrive. Once a pod has been used though, it can't be used again.


Corrected entry: Jim somehow plants a small live tree of about 15 feet in height on the ship's Grand Concourse, meaning that he must have constructed a large container of soil (with irrigation) beneath the bulkhead to accommodate the tree's rootball. This is perhaps feasible, given that Jim is a mechanical engineer, and we see his schematic of the root container drawn on the concourse deck. However, at the end of the film, some 88 years after Jim planted the small tree, the ship's actual crew emerges from hibernation to find a tree of truly gigantic proportions growing on the concourse deck. The tree has easily grown to 70 or more feet in height, which would require an approximately equal amount of space below the bulkhead to accommodate its massive root system. Even if Jim somehow continued expanding the root container to the size of a 7-story building below deck, it's unlikely that he could fill it with millions of pounds of garden soil.

Correction: The ship had farming equipment and supplies in the cargo hold for use in colonizing an alien planet, which would have given him the supplies he needed. I think it's safe to say that a technologically advanced society that can put humans into suspended animation for a hundred years and build an interstellar starship could also have the technology to sustain a tree without requiring hundreds of tons of soil from Earth - perhaps some sort of hydroponic system.


Corrected entry: At the end, Jim tells Aurora that the medical diagnostic and treatment unit "AutoDoc" can place her back into a state of hibernation so that she can complete the journey to Homestead II. She immediately objects, saying, "But there's only one AutoDoc!" (i.e., saying she won't do it if it means leaving Jim behind). Really? Only one AutoDoc unit on a half-mile-long starship with over 5,000 passengers and crewmen? Stupidity.

Charles Austin Miller

Correction: The auto-doc is a tool for human doctors, it was not meant to be the primary form of medical treatment. This is evident when the auto-doc refused to reveal a prognosis because there was no doctor present, and in another case, it refused to administer treatment without medical supervision, and someone had to choose the specific treatment (s) to apply. Plus, it's likely an extremely expensive piece of equipment and the for-profit company that built the ship didn't see a need to put more than one on the ship.


Corrected entry: When the ship temporarily loses all gravity, Aurora, who is swimming, is lifted out of the pool along with the water. Jim is sleeping in his cabin, and he and other objects float into the air. Gus, who is also sleeping in his bed, only has his arms lifted up. His body and the blanket stay completely stationary. He is not strapped into the bed, nor is the blanket tightly wrapped to the bed. When gravity is restored, his arms flop back down.

raywest Premium member

Correction: In that scene, the blanket doesn't appear to move at all, while (as you said) his arms float into the air, which suggests that the blanket itself is held down magnetically (or through some other mechanism). His bed may have this extra feature because he's a crew member.


Corrected entry: It's established early in the film that the Starship Avalon is travelling to planet Homestead II, a one-way journey of 120 years at approximately half the speed of light. So, even if they successfully make it to Homestead II, it would take 60 years to send a message back to Earth (at light speed) to say they had completed the mission, and that's not even taking into account the effects of time dilation at half the speed of light. So, we're really talking about over 200 years, easily, to confirm a single successful interstellar mission. But, when Aurora asks the ship's computer about the failure rate of hibernation units, the computer answers that no hibernation unit has ever failed in "thousands" of interstellar missions. That means thousands of missions that were able to report their success back to Earth, which necessarily means many centuries of interstellar travel before the Avalon was ever launched. Yet their destination is only Homestead II, the second colony; the technology hasn't evolved beyond half of light speed and hibernation units for centuries; and they're still listening to old 20th Century rock and roll on the ship's sound system.

Charles Austin Miller

Correction: Just because this is the second planet to be named "Homestead" does not mean it is only the second planet to be colonized. We also have no idea what changes have been made in their interstellar technology, only where it is at when the film takes place. As for the music, well, we still listen to music hundreds of years old. Why can't they?

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Given all the passengers are supposed to be in hibernation, and the hibernation pods are "fail safe", why would the ship's computers be programmed to announce scenic views in the middle of the voyage, such as passing the star Arcturus?

Correction: The pods were not "fail safe" as evidenced by Jim's pod being opened due to the malfunction. Once Jim is awakened and starts moving around the ship, utilizing different functions, and so on, the ship's computer would be triggered and act as if all passengers have been awakened. It starts providing its normal services, such the hologram greeting Jim and giving information, entertainment, Arthur working as the bartender, and passengers being informed when there is an interesting astronomical event to watch.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: When Aurora is dragging Jim towards the Auto-Doc it suddenly appears close to the floor when the camera angle changes. Then back to normal when the angle changes again. For me it's obvious Aurora didn't have the strength to lift Jim that high so they had to lower the chamber.


Correction: It appears that way, but as Aurora enters the medical clinic dragging in Jim, behind them the Auto-Doc's cover can be seen sliding open just as it is starting to lower itself to floor level. Presumably advanced sensors detected an emergency situation. Once it was fully lowered, Aurora put Jim inside. The device then raises itself to normal height. Most hospital beds, gurneys, and exam tables are adjustable, so it's reasonable to assume the Auto-Doc would have that same capability. Granted, Aurora would need tremendous strength to drag a 220 lb. man that far and then get him into the device even at its lowest level, but it's feasible.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jim first goes out of the ship and is hanging from the tether, he is emotional and begins to cry. We see his tears run down his cheek as they would if he were standing on earth. In zero g the tears would just hang at the inside corner of the eye. But since he was swinging at the end of the tether the tears should fall straight out and land on the inside of his visor.


Correction: Surface tension keeps the tears on his cheek and they travel to the "high point" on his cheek (the point furthest from where the tether is anchored). This point is directly below his eyes, meaning the tears coincidentally travel the same path they would have under normal gravity.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: It is said that the crew wake up 4 months before they arrive at Homestead 2 and the passengers 3 months, but the crew and passengers wake up at the same time at the end of the film and they are almost in orbit around Homestead 2.

Correction: The passengers had not awakened yet.The computer can be heard saying that it is initiating the crew wake-up sequence. The shot of the people on the concourse are only the crew members and it is somewhat prior to the ship's arrival at the planet. That is when they discovered what happened to Aurora and Jim. Aurora's words from her book (heard by us in a voice over) is addressed to both the crew and passengers, however. Before that scene, there is a quick filler shot of the Avalon nearing Homestead II that shows us that passengers and crew have safely reached their destination almost ninety years later. It is not meant to be a strict linear timeline.

raywest Premium member

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