Passengers (2008 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRodrigo García
Produced byJoseph Drake
Written byRonnie Christensen
Music byEdward Shearmur
CinematographyIgor Jadue-Lillo
Edited byThom Noble
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
Running time
93 minutes
  • United States
  • Canada
Budget$25 million[1]
Box office$5.8 million[2]

Passengers is a 2008 American-Canadian romantic mystery thriller film directed by Rodrigo García, written by Ronnie Christensen, and starring Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson. It was released in the United States by TriStar Pictures on October 24, 2008.


Psychotherapist Claire Summers counsels five survivors of a recent plane crash: passengers Dean, Norman, Shannon, Eric, and flight attendant Janice. Eric, however, seems unusually upbeat after the tragedy. Claire meets with Mr. Arkin, an airline official, to confirm which parts of the survivors' differing recollections about the crash are true. Arkin claims pilot error caused the crash. Claire notices Eric is attracted to her, but she is suspicious about his personal knowledge of her.

When Dean misses the next session, Norman believes the airline is targeting the surviving passengers to cover up the plane having had a mechanical failure. Back at her apartment, Claire is conflicted between her role as counselor and growing personal feelings for Eric. A kindly neighbor urges her to take a chance with him.

Norman is not at the next session, leaving only Janice and Shannon. Mr. Arkin warns Claire against feeding the airline cover-up theory to the remaining survivors. Claire later spends time with Eric on his boat and reciprocates his romantic feelings.

Claire wants to make amends with her estranged sister, Emma, but no one at the house speaks to her. Claire then meets another crash survivor and takes him to meet Mr. Arkin. The man angrily blames Arkin for the crash, which he denies. The man suddenly disappears, confusing Claire.

Eric returns to the crash site and experiences frightening memories. Meanwhile, Shannon is the only one at the next session. Eric arrives and Claire takes them to her apartment. Eric believes he died in the crash. To prove it, he had jumped in front of a train and survived uninjured; he tells Claire to leave him alone. When Shannon disappears, a neighbor says she left with a man and woman. Claire goes to her supervisor who is convinced she has latched on to an elaborate conspiracy theory. At Emma's house, Claire sees Mr. Arkin, who says the plane's fatigued pilot caused the crash. Arkin departs but leaves his briefcase behind. Claire becomes hysterical after finding a ledger inside listing all the passengers, including her, who were lost in the crash. Mr. Arkin was the pilot.

Claire finds Eric on his boat. He explains that he never told her that they and the other passengers died in the crash because everyone had to figure it out for themselves. Deceased people from their pasts were helping them to understand and accept death. The people Claire was speaking to were all dead friends or relatives. She and Eric sail from the harbor to cross over to heaven.

A flashback shows Claire and Eric in adjacent seats on the plane, along with the other passengers and crew. During the flight, Claire and Eric develop an attraction. When the plane depressurizes, Eric assures her they will be alright just before the screen fades to white.

The film ends with the landlord letting Emma and her husband into Claire's apartment. Emma finds a note Claire was planning to send to make peace with her.



The film's score is composed by Edward Shearmur.

  1. "The Wreckage"
  2. "Group Therapy"
  3. "House Call"
  4. "What Do You Remember?"
  5. "Norman"
  6. "At the Museum"
  7. "Giving Eric the Key"
  8. "Eric at Midnight"
  9. "Arkin"
  10. "Rooftop"
  11. "Motorcycle Fix"
  12. "Norman's House"
  13. "Eric Remembers"
  14. "Porch"
  15. "Epiphany"
  16. "At Peace"
  17. "End Titles"


Box office[edit]

Passengers was released in 125 theaters on October 24, 2008 in United States and Canada and earned $173,544 on the opening weekend.[3] The film grossed a total of $5,787,152: $292,437 from domestic location and $5,494,715 from overseas locations.[2]

Critical response[edit]

The film received generally negative critical reviews. Rotten Tomatoes aggregate reviews gave the film 20% rating based on 30 reviews.[4] By comparison, Metacritic score for the film was 40 out of 100 based on 8 reviews.[5]


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  2. ^ a b "Passengers (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  3. ^ "Passengers (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  4. ^ "Passengers Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  5. ^ "Passengers (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-12-17.

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