A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Passengers tells the story of Jim Preston (Pratt) and Aurora Jones (Lawrence), two people who wake up from an induced hibernation 90 years too early on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.
Hurtling through space with only each other for company, the pair have to face up to the reality that they will die of old age long before they reach their intended destination.
But here’s what the trailer doesn’t tell you: only Pratt’s character awakens early due to a malfunction in his hibernation pod. Flying solo through space, it takes Jim just a few months to decide on a course of action: He picks out a pretty, female, sleeping traveller and rifles through her personal information to find out more about her, obsessing over every detail and deciding he’s in love with her. He awakens her from her slumber to keep him company — thereby sentencing her to a death sentence on board the ship.
The pair’s playful sparring and inevitable romance takes on a rather more sinister tone when you consider that Aurora is falling for the man who literally decided on her behalf that she would die with him in space after fostering a months-long obsession with her while she was asleep.