Passengers

Passengers (2016)

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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.

sfbiker1

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

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.

sfbiker1

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

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

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.

Martin702

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

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.

Scoutmaster253

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

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

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Despite receiving fifth billing, Andy Garcia is only on screen for 10 seconds and has no lines at all.

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