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PassengersPassengers is a move starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. If you went to see it, expecting something like Firefly or Star Wars, you were probably disappointed. It isn’t an on the edge of your seat action movie that takes place on some starship in outer space. It’s about relationships and what loneliness will do to you.

The starship Avalon is transporting hibernating colonists and crew to another planet where they will begin new lives. Just 30 years into their 120 year journey, a malfunction awakens mechanical engineer Jim Preston.

He’s got the whole place to himself, so Jim enjoys living like a rich man. He takes advantage of all the amenities offered on the ship. But after realizing he’ll be alone for the rest of his life, he falls into a deep depression. He can have anything he wants except for human companionship. He even contemplates suicide, but can’t go through with it.

Eventually Jim goes against his conscience and wakes another traveler, Aurora. He tells her that her pod malfunctioned. She’s devastated that she will grow old and die before the ship reaches their new home and tries unsuccessfully to find a way to re-enter hibernation.

They fall in love and are happy until Aurora finds out the truth. She accuses Jim for stealing her life and cannot forgive him. They avoid each other until they discover the ships systems are failing and must find a way to repair it and save the other passengers. This is where the action begins.

It was a touching movie about loneliness and isolation and the lengths someone would go to in order to find companionship. This is another side of Chris Pratt I’ve never seen, and I really liked the way he handled the role.

lobster dinnerLobster

If I was stranded like Jim Preston and resigned to enjoying all the gourmet food available onboard, I’d eat lobster every single day.

I’ve never cooked it before, but apparently there’s not that much to it. Pour the water into a large pot and add the onions, garlic, lemons, oranges, celery, black pepper, seasoned salt and jalapeno peppers. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil for 20 minutes. Add the lobsters and place a lid over the pot. Boil for 15 minutes (depending on the size). Cook no more than two at a time.

Makes me hungry.

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