This first trailer for a new thriller called Passengers starring Anne Hathaway and directed by Rodrigo García (who wrote episodes of In Treatment and has directed shows including Six Feet Under) is puzzling for several reasons. For one thing I haven't heard all that much about it, even though it opens next month. For another, it's difficult to understand what specifically this is about.
Here's the plot as IMDB understands it: "After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire (Anne Hathaway), is assigned by her mentor (Andre Braugher) to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident — which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened — Claire is intrigued by Eric (Patrick Wilson), the most secretive of the passengers."
In the preview there is talk of special gifts that the survivors suddenly have and other worlds and stuff like that. I really like the cast, and the premise gives me chills, but there is something kind of off about it. It's almost cheesy, actually, though it also reminds me a little of that show The Nine, which I liked even if nobody else did.
Passengers opens Oct. 24. To check out the trailer for yourself, read more.