This has slowly become a guilty pleasure film…
The first time watching this film, I was more concerned with the narrative not dealing more in depth with the ethical question (about Jim murdering Aurora) that I forgot about the other themes.
As God said that is not good for man to be alone, it is evident in films like Passengers. Eventually, they begin to go crazy and become lonely, in hopes of being around another person. Even when Jim decides to YOLO it out, he still eventually feels lost and has no sense of purpose anymore. He becomes weak and as Morpheus says later, “the drowning man will always try to drag somebody down with him.”
He does, however, find purpose in the form of Jennifer Lawrence, who happens to play a writer. Like all men, Jim (a mechanic) not only tries to take things into his control, but also tries to fix the issue when Aurora finds out he woke her up. There are just some things that man can’t fix. The only thing that can probably fix a broken heart is time… or until the guy does something heroic, maybe.
This film also looks into finding a purpose in life. Jim left Earth because he no longer had a purpose since there was no need for mechanics. Aurora was going to write a great story, but now lost that chance when Jim woke her up. They are now purposeless, wandering aimlessly through space.
And lastly, as Arthur so elegantly put it, “You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be that you forget how to make the most of where you are.” The film seems to suggest that although things don’t always go as planned, still enjoy it the best that you can. However, in the context of the film, if you think about it, it is not necessarily a good thing. But hey, at least it’s a cool quote.