PASSENGERS (Rodrigo García). 93 minutes. Opens Friday (October 24). Rating: N
Passengers is woodenly acted, visually drab and monotonously paced. It's not scary, not suspenseful, and you'll guess the twist ending less than 30 minutes in.
Novice therapist Claire Summers (Anne Hathaway) runs sessions for a group of plane crash survivors. Before long she develops a romance with one of them, the unaccountably cheery Eric (Patrick Wilson), and the others start disappearing, possibly victims of an airline cover-up.
The thriller takes a back seat to the romance, which is unfortunate, because Hathaway and Wilson are so stiff together you want to oil their joints. No heat here. On her own, Hathaway mouths the clichéd dialogue through an endless parade of pointless physical tics.
Director Rodrigo García matches the grey Vancouver backgrounds with equally drab interiors and gives every scene the same mostly static, eye-level camera treatment.