Note: This review is full of spoilers.
The concept of being in a sort of limbo between life and death has always inspired filmmakers, with It's a Wonderful Life still standing as the definite yardstick, and with films like Ghost and The Sixth Sense being successful recent examples. What these thematics always run the risk of, however, is coming off as bloated or vacuous, and the semi-romantic, semi-clever Passengers places itself comfortably into this category after first trying to conceal itself with the customary veil of mystery. And if that wasn't enough, the film's presumptuous premise – that we all must "accept our death" before we can leave this world – to me is both annoying and preposterous. The performers all do as well as they can, even if they seem to wish they were in a different film.