Writer: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark People, Peter Wollen (Screenplay) Mark People (Story)
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff, Ambroise Bia, Jose maria Caffarel, James Campbell
Plot: A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he’s been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.
Verdict: Long and Boring
Story: The Passenger starts with David Locke (Nicholson) searching for through a small town as he looks for a way into a country so he can report on the guerillas. Dealing only in cigarettes we follow David as he looks for a way in, and having little way of connecting with the people. David catches a break when one of the fellow guests in his hotel that has a striking resemblance to him dies leading David to steal his ID to help him cross the boarders.
David is reported dead himself leaving him with a chance to go undercover as this stranger who just happens to be an international arms dealer. David continues to travel the world to learn more about the international arms dealing community but as the story unfolds he finds himself getting himself into a deeper situation having to deal with all of the worst types of people.
The Passenger is a very sow moving film that really doesn’t go anywhere, all we seem to do is follow David as he travels around looking to make connection with the mystery Mr Robinson has but constantly coming up empty. I really don’t know what the point of this film because nothing actually happens and this film is 2 hours long. I am really disappointed with this because I thought this would be exciting. (2/10)
Jack Nicholson: David Locke is a documentary film maker who has been trying to interview the guerillas and when a guest dies in his hotel he ends up using his identity to go undercover in the world of international arms dealing. Having a chance at a new life David finds himself grabbing the chance and running away with the mysterious stranger only adds to his excitement. I was sold on on this film because of Jack but he does the best he can. (5/10)
Support Cast: The Passenger has a supporting cast that end up being the people chasing the David but I don’t know what they were after.
Director Review: Michelangelo Antonioni – Michelangelo gives us a very slow moving film that doesn’t really pull us in. (2/10)
Mystery: The Passenger has a mystery but I don’t really know what it is meant to be. (1/10)
Thriller: The Passenger doesn’t pull you in and really does come off very boring. (2/10)
Settings: The Passenger tries using settings from all over Europe I think but nothing is made very clear. (1/10)
Suggestion: The Passenger is one to avoid it has very little happening and even with the star of Jack Nicholson doesn’t help the film. (Avoid)
Best Part: Nothing.
Worst Part: The Whole thing.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Tagline: I used to be somebody else…but I traded him in.
Trivia: The entire movie is supposed to have taken place in just one day, this is the reason that the film has no night-time scenes. Director Michelangelo Antonioni mentioned the fact in a 1986 interview, where he said “Actually the entire story takes place in a short period of one day, from early morning until some time before sunset.”
Overall: Very disappointing film.