Movie class : Passengers

Our recording:


  1. suspended animation (long-term sleep with body functions operating as marginal levels just above death)
  2. tether (a safety line that ties you to a stable point to prevent falling too far)
  3. Does that seem fishy (suspicious) to you?
  4. Are you soiling my barstool? (making it dirty)
  5. Concourse – main corridor of travel, atrium or lobby, main gathering point
  6. to go haywire – to malfunction severely, to go crazy (of electronic devices or systems)
  7. resuscitate – to use CPR or a defibrillator to bring a person back to life after they after died briefly (usually less than 4 minutes; otherwise, brain damage is likely
  8. despondent (depressed to the point where one becomes apathetic and unresponsive)
  9. fruitless (useless, pointless, unable to succeed)
  10. devastated (destroyed literally or figuratively; emotionally traumatized



The starship Avalonis transporting 5,000 colonists and 258 crew members, in hibernation pods, to the planet Homestead II, a journey taking 120 years. Thirty years into its journey, the ship passes through a meteor storm, which causes a malfunction. The malfunction awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years early.
After a year of isolation, with no company except Arthur, an android bartender, Jim grows despondent and contemplates suicide. One day, he notices Aurora Lane asleep in her pod. Her video profile reveals she is a writer with a humorous personality. After struggling with the morality of manually reviving Aurora for companionship, he awakens her, claiming her pod also must have malfunctioned. Jim makes Arthur promise not to tell Aurora why she really woke up. Aurora is devastated that she will grow old and die before the ship reaches Homestead II. Her research for a way to re-enter hibernation is fruitless. Eventually, she accepts her situation and begins writing a book about her experiences. Jim and Aurora grow closer.
After another year, Arthur inadvertently reveals the truth to Aurora after misinterpreting Jim’s affirmation that he and Aurora have “no secrets” between them. Aurora, angry and distraught, alternately berates, shuns, and physically attacks Jim. Jim attempts to apologize, but is fiercely rejected. The two refrain from contact for some time. Soon after, another pod failure awakens Gus (Laurence Fishburne), Chief Deck Officer. The three discover multiple failures throughout the ship’s systems. If not repaired, the ship will continue to suffer critical system failures. Gus attempts repairs with Jim and Aurora’s help, while Aurora still blames Jim for stealing her life. Gus’s body, physically damaged by his malfunctioning pod, begins to fail; the Autodoc, an automated medical diagnostics and treatment pod, shows he has only hours to live. Before dying, Gus gives Jim and Aurora his ID badge to access secure areas and repair the ship.
Jim and Aurora discover a series of holes through the ship’s hull from the meteor collision two years earlier. The computer module administering the fusion reactor that powers the ship has been damaged, causing the ship’s malfunctions. Jim and Aurora replace the damaged module. The computer attempts to vent the reactor but fails. Jim realizes that the reactor must be vented by opening the vent hatch from the ship’s exterior. Aurora assists while admitting she is terrified of losing Jim and being left alone. Aurora, from inside the ship, and Jim, outside, successfully vent the reactor. However, Jim’s tether snaps, and his damaged spacesuit loses oxygen. Aurora retrieves and resuscitates Jim in the Autodoc. Jim later learns that the Autodoc can function as a makeshift hibernation pod for Aurora. With only one Autodoc, she realizes she would never see Jim again. She forgives Jim and sympathizes with his potentially lonely situation, and decides to remain awake with him to provide him company.
Eighty-eight years later, the ship’s crew awaken shortly before arrival on Homestead II. They discover a small house amid lush vegetation on the ship’s grand concourse area. Aurora’s book reveals that she chose to stay awake with Jim and finish writing her story.
  • Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane, a writer
  • Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, a mechanic
  • Michael Sheen as Arthur, an android bartender on the Avalon
  • Laurence Fishburne as Chief Gus Mancuso, the chief deck officer

Our chat:
Joanna Biernat joined group chat.

Lee Wright 9:02 PM

me 9:02 PM
say somethin

Lee Wright 9:02 PM
Sounds like a jackhammer
Joanna Biernat left group chat.

Lee Wright 9:04 PM
post-apocalytic – don’t think so
5000 passengers to Homestead II.
Settle a new world
woke up Jim prematurely
90 years early
After one year, he awoke a companion named Aurora.
She found out he woke her up early (not a malfunction)
Their relationship evolved
Need to save the ship
Joanna Biernat joined group chat.

Lee Wright 9:06 PM
Remember she wanted to stay one year and then go back to Earth.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:07 PM
Bashayer Eelam joined group chat.

Lee Wright 9:09 PM
We have SpaceX, NASA, Blue Origin.
Favorite scene, what did you like about the movie?
Floating in space on a tether
the love story (romance) between the two protagonists
Aurora’s fury at him
He tried to apologize
Her rescue of him was so desperate.
Do all tests at once! Now! Override!

Vasanth Prabakar 9:13 PM
we have pre-interval and post-interval

Lee Wright 9:14 PM

Jörgen Olsson 9:14 PM
what is pre-interval?

Lee Wright 9:14 PM
This was one of many ships that were sent out.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:15 PM
Indian films are 3 hours long. There is a 10 minutes break between the two halves.

Lee Wright 9:15 PM
Was he morally correct?
in waking her up.
Would YOU have woken her up, dooming her to die before the end of the trip?
Good for HIM.
Bad for HER.
Indulgence for him.
Van thinks he was right.
Vasanth thinks he was right.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:18 PM
I won’t

Lee Wright 9:18 PM
Bashayer said he was wrong but would forgive him.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:19 PM
I would. 

Lee Wright 9:19 PM
If you were Jim, would you wake someone up? No.
Joanna said Jim was wrong…
Aurora would be angry…
Why only one person and not more?
He just wanted companionship.
Minimize his damage to the lives of others.
He waited one year before succumbing to this morally wrong decision.
What lesson is it trying to teach you?
Try to be happy where you are at the moment.
Fight for your dreams.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:26 PM

Lee Wright 9:27 PM
If you can’t get to a new home, make a home where you are.
Big dreams may be unachievable.
Enjoy the simple things in life.
Her dream was to plant a tree on a new planet. He gave her a tree on the ship to fulfill her dream here and now.
adventure with a friend is more meaningful

Vasanth Prabakar 9:31 PM
morse code

Lee Wright 9:31 PM
Morse code – SOS
Save Our Ship

Vasanth Prabakar 9:31 PM

me 9:31 PM

Lee Wright 9:32 PM
dit dit dit da da da dit dit dit

Vasanth Prabakar 9:33 PM

Lee Wright 9:33 PM
Your body slows down (metabolism)
saving energy…
aging almost stops…
You can check in, but can’t check out.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:35 PM

Lee Wright 9:36 PM
They used the star’s gravity to “slingshot” around it and accelerate.
saves fuel
with free “gravity boost”

me 9:37 PM
carpetery? some words sounded like that

Lee Wright 9:38 PM
floor cleaning robots
Higher level ticket get more food selections
He could only get black coffee.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:39 PM

Lee Wright 9:39 PM
She was first class passenger. He was not.
luxury room
better food
lost gravity
trapped inside a floating water volume
almost died
How is gravity made on this ship?

Vasanth Prabakar 9:42 PM

Lee Wright 9:42 PM
rotation of the ship
causes gravity

Quách Vân 9:42 PM

Lee Wright 9:42 PM
Why are water drops round?
Water molecules are polar, they attract each other and hold together by surface tension.
Look of horror, disbelief, shock
Arthur was very serious.
He’s outside the ship.
Tether broke.
He was blasted away by the reactor vent stream.
He’s a “Flying Dutchman” – lost in space.
Problems in the ship
Probably, peaks are excessive energy usage.
He wasn’t woke up correctly…
Jim was woken up properly for some reason but deck chief was not.
His body was “shocked” and many organs were damaged.
Malfunctioned and harmed himself
Smashed his forehead against the bar.
Saves salary and medical insurance costs. No retirement plan.
Somewhat British, formal, aloof.
Going out to vent the reactor manually outside the ship
He may die, so she realizes she may be stuck alone for 80 years.
He was a mechanic.
He could read technical manuals to learn what to do.
loss of air
Venting the reactor will blast fire and hot air outwards towards him, so he needs a shield to block the fire from burning him alive. (Heat Shield)
She is in the reactor control room.
That handle is the VENT handle.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:59 PM
pull down

Lee Wright 9:59 PM
She hesitates venting the reactor because it may kill Jim.
She controls the inner vent door. Jim controls the outer vent door.
The pressure glass is cracking and the reactor heat is entering the control room.
a walk in the park…
a space walk
magnetic boots are holding them down
Let’s fly!
rope = tether

Vasanth Prabakar 10:02 PM
hill climbing people use it.

Lee Wright 10:02 PM
tether = a lifeline

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