Friday, December 23, 2016

Robotic Questions: Passengers & Socialist Utopias

The company which made the Avalon spaceship looks really bad in the film, and the film takes several opportunities to make the business look bad, as well as those of us who had ancestors who immigrated her from other countries. Basically, if you are an American, you are an idiot. The is a hologram of a flight attendant who congratulates the people aboard (Pratt's character is the only one there, though) for leaving earth because it was overpopulated, over-polluted and overpriced. There was also a scene which was "quoting" The Magnificent Seven, another pro-socialist Chris Pratt film.
Complete socialist drivel.
I am so angry about this film because I have been lied to. There was information in the trailer which was NOT in the film, like, "The ship was meant to fail," and that's important. There are spoilers ahead, but please, don't bother wasting your time or money on this: if you have seen Groundhog Day, if you have seen The Shining, Cast Away and The Martian, you have seen Passengers (there as a scene "stolen" from Swiss Family Robinson, too). This isn't about a genre film where the story line is the same, or even "copying" a scene to invoke another film; this is about "lifting" scenes from other movies because you can't tell your own story, you have to re-write the stories others have written about you.
So, in the roughly 80 years that Aurora and Jim live together on board, they don't have a child, not a single one, who lives on after them, but they did grow a massive garden, because to socialists, the environment is far more important than overpopulating the ship.The purpose of the film is to re-write Ridley Scott's The Martian, where Matt Damon's character is accidentally stranded on Mars, and manages to survive until he can be rescued; Passengers, which is a denial of free will in the last scene that we see (Aurora's voice over from her book at the end) wants us to believe that we aren't strong enough to survive by ourselves, we are dependent upon others, upon the "government" (the ship's resources, the "ship of state") and that, we, as Americans, just need to "go to sleep" while Obama and Hillary enact socialism, and when we wake up, it's going to be great. Chris Pratt walking down the hallway, fresh out of the shower, with his naked behind showing, was taken from The Martian when Damon's character, emaciated from his extreme rationing, is shown in the same posture; there isn't a comparison between the two films, however, because The Martian wants us to understand how great humans are, how strong we are and how we can inspire others through our courage and resilience; Passengers wants you to believe that you are weak and, if life isn't worth living, pull someone else down with you to drown. 
My biggest complaint is this: Jim (Chris Pratt) wakes up because of a malfunction which causes his pod to open; after being on the ship alone for a year, he becomes suicidal and decides to wake up Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and tell her she had a malfunction, which she believes; they fall in love, then she realizes the truth, that he "murdered her" intentionally by waking her up 90 years too soon. Then, Jim dies saving the ship, so she has him resuscitated so she isn't alone on the ship by herself. What's wrong with this? Instead of Aurora "forgiving" Jim, she minimizes what he did wrong (waking her up too soon) by doing it herself to him. In other words, his appetite for human interaction is justified because her appetite for human interaction is justified, they don't "grow" and say, "What you did was wrong, but I am going to be a better person and forgive you, even though I could hold a grudge. I will forgive you." That doesn't happen. Why? Because socialists don't believe in Love, and they don't believe in Love because they don't believe in God. Why not? Because God is the Law, too, and none of them want to be held accountable to the Law so they just pretend it doesn't exist. This is so disappointing.
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