I just watched Passengers.
My reviews would probably be better if I saw these movies when everyone was still interested in them, but that’s what happens when you’re on a tight budget.
I find Space Movies weird. I like Interstellar, I watched Gravity one time, but there’s always a surreal feeling to it.
It’s the opposite of Star Wars, which makes space seem more normal to be in. These movies really empathize how weird it would feel to be in space.
It’s odd, because C. S. Lewis’es idea of space is that it is full. Vibrant. Not an empty vacuum.
And his idea, while seemingly ridiculous at the time, has now some scientific basis. Scientists think space is filled with kinds of matter we can’t identify. They are not sure what it holding everything together anymore. It just is.
Since they aren’t allowed to say God anymore, at least in secular textbooks.
One of the most annoying things about my astronomy class was that every time we got to something that couldn’t be explained, we were not allowed to say God.
Just like in this movie, when Jim is railing at the universe, he is not allowed to call it God.
Yet, the Universe has a sense of humor? How can a thing have a sense of humor?
You might just as well call it God.
If you look for God in nature, you will find Him. You may not find Him quite like how the Bible would describe Him, no one should take Nature as the ultimate authority on God’s character, Nature is fallen, like mankind, and subject to sin and destruction. That’s what Romans would tell us.
Christianity explains why Nature is both cruel and kind, light and dark, creative and destructive, wise and yet senseless. It’s because it reflects us, the same battles we find inside. Why we use nature for analogies, like having “stormy” feelings, or a “sunny” personality.
Space movies (and books perhaps) seem to capture the human feeling of being lost and overwhelmed by what we find around us. Yet, what we find is beautiful, terrifying, and full of wonder.
Without a personal touch, it seems empty and meaningless.
It’s not much of a stretch to say Passengers mirrors the Adam and Eve story, though it also adds the redemption story to it, self sacrifice, and the power of choice.
A chosen fate seems more bearable than one forced on us.
I don’t know if discussing Jim’s earlier actions in a moral light is what I want to do, they were bad, but not entirely unexpected. The important thing is, once he actually learned to love, he made the right choice. The same with Aurora.
The tree symbolism brings the Garden of Eden story into play too.
The message of the movie seems to be two-fold, that nothing happens without a reason, and that paradise is where you make it. That Love makes the difference between heaven or hell on earth–or in space.
I do not agree 100% with the idea that we can make our own paradise, but I do agree that love makes even a bare spaceship into a garden of life, and that was a fitting way to show it.
It takes both the higher purpose of saving all the other people, and the smaller choice to stay with the other person to make the redemption complete.
A good metaphor for life, in it’s way. Two people united for the good of all is what marriage is meant to look like, and certainly what I hope mine will be.
It’s a sentimental movie, but that is by design. Not sure I would watch it again, I do not like sad stories, but it was worth checking out.
A closing thought from G. K. Chesterton: The only way to feel at home in the universe is to also feel like a stranger in it. (I paraphrase what he says in his book Orthodoxy.)
You could say, through this world, all of us are just passengers. On our way to either the worst possible disaster, or paradise. Our choice.
Until next time–Natasha.