The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination.Written by
When Aurora questions Jim about why he chose to travel to Homestead II, she casually debates the 'altruistic' motives of the Homestead Corporation for sending passengers to a distant star system at a reduced rate. She mentions how 'indentured service' is a component of the fare, in which each passenger must pay 20% of whatever they earn for the rest of their life to the corporation. Mention is also made of how the company has made 'quadrillions of dollars' from interstellar colonial activity, a vital part of which includes the indentured service of colonists on far-flung star systems. The nagging question is HOW the corporation can tangibly REALIZE a return on their investment - in a reasonable frame of time, to the satisfaction of their investors/shareholders, and for the benefit of Earth-bound investors within their own lifetime, no less - when just a one-way trip to these systems is on the order of multiple decades. Furthermore, a return trip is well in excess of a century (if Homestead II is a typical example on how far viable, habitable systems are from our own solar system) and Aurora suggests she, herself, hoped to be the FIRST person to make a round trip to the stars and back (suggesting a round trip - and time on the planet - of at least 240 years). Even if the very function of economics has changed radically in this particular future, the basic principal of give-and-take and something-for-something just doesn't even REMOTELY flesh itself out with the Homestead Corporation model of indentured service for Earth-bound investors (or investors on star systems other than Homestead II). See more »
Have A Nice Day
Written by Simen Fjeld, Kristian Rønning (as Kristian Ronning) and Leif Inge Fosen
Performed by Sirius
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Don't miss the first two minutes
It's not a spoiler to say that in the first minutes of the film we get a bird's eye view of the ship colliding head on with an asteroid swarm. Don't ask why this incredibly complicated ship couldn't/didn't attempt any evasive maneuvers. In any case the ship's automated systems are only partially successful in dealing with it, the sequence of events ending with one of the passengers being awakened prematurely from his hibernation pod. It's also important to know before the curtain goes up that the passengers are not astronauts, they literally are just passengers on a space-borne cruise ship which is taking 5,000 people on a 120-year journey to colonize a new world. If you can suspend disbelief long enough you will be very entertained.
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