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Passengers: Aurora
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Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
116 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
83 minutes
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
The original release is a pretty boring movie, we follow Chris Pratt's character, Jim, throughout the film, and see his personal struggles with his fate, and his relationship with Jennifer Lawrence's character, Aurora, flourish. If you've seen the movie then you know the plot, but, if you haven't, then that's all I can really tell you without ruining it.

Essentially what this edit does is rearrange the movie to follow Aurora, which makes for a much more interesting viewing experience - activating the psychological elements that the original film set up.
Intention:
To make for a much more thrilling and interesting experience by viewing the film through the lens of Aurora, instead of Jim. This gives us a movie that doesn't try to rationalize Jim's actions for the entirety of the first act, but actually makes him a DEEPER character by giving him less exposition, and somewhat sparks the psychological elements the first film attempted to have.
Special Thanks:
TM2YC for reviewing this edit so promptly. SonofSinbad and HALS for their feedback.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Cards:
- FE Warning
- FE.org new Netflix style Bumper
- My logo bumper
Opening shots
- Same opening shot, with Aurora added under Passengers in matching style
- Rearranged/removed various shots
- Cropped some establishing shots to get rid of cheesy location info
Aurora/Jim
- Starts with pods opening 'simultaneously'
- Jim walks around alone for a bit before running into Aurora
- Movie pretty much carries out as normal until the "reveal"
The "Reveal"
- Spliced in 'flashbacks' of Jim's year alone with Aurora's 'freakout'
- Adds to the tension/sympathy to Aurora as opposed to Jim
- I chose clips that make him seem more insane/broken than sympathetic
Third Act
- Laurence Fishburne unfortunately gets even less screen-time in this edit.
- Really didn't cut that much, just some unnecessary shots and some dialogue changes
- Got rid of many 'cheesy' lines/tropes
Credits
- Replaced Levitate by Imagine Dragons with an infinitely more fitting Across the Universe by The Beatles
- Again added Aurora under Passengers in matching style.
- Logo cards to fill the blackness as the song fades
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
116 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
83 minutes
Available in HD:
image
Synopsis:
The original release is a pretty boring movie, we follow Chris Pratt's character, Jim, throughout the film, and see his personal struggles with his fate, and his relationship with Jennifer Lawrence's character, Aurora, flourish. If you've seen the movie then you know the plot, but, if you haven't, then that's all I can really tell you without ruining it.

Essentially what this edit does is rearrange the movie to follow Aurora, which makes for a much more interesting viewing experience - activating the psychological elements that the original film set up.
Intention:
To make for a much more thrilling and interesting experience by viewing the film through the lens of Aurora, instead of Jim. This gives us a movie that doesn't try to rationalize Jim's actions for the entirety of the first act, but actually makes him a DEEPER character by giving him less exposition, and somewhat sparks the psychological elements the first film attempted to have.
Special Thanks:
TM2YC for reviewing this edit so promptly. SonofSinbad and HALS for their feedback.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Cards:
- FE Warning
- FE.org new Netflix style Bumper
- My logo bumper
Opening shots
- Same opening shot, with Aurora added under Passengers in matching style
- Rearranged/removed various shots
- Cropped some establishing shots to get rid of cheesy location info
Aurora/Jim
- Starts with pods opening 'simultaneously'
- Jim walks around alone for a bit before running into Aurora
- Movie pretty much carries out as normal until the "reveal"
The "Reveal"
- Spliced in 'flashbacks' of Jim's year alone with Aurora's 'freakout'
- Adds to the tension/sympathy to Aurora as opposed to Jim
- I chose clips that make him seem more insane/broken than sympathetic
Third Act
- Laurence Fishburne unfortunately gets even less screen-time in this edit.
- Really didn't cut that much, just some unnecessary shots and some dialogue changes
- Got rid of many 'cheesy' lines/tropes
Credits
- Replaced Levitate by Imagine Dragons with an infinitely more fitting Across the Universe by The Beatles
- Again added Aurora under Passengers in matching style.
- Logo cards to fill the blackness as the song fades

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Yep, it works a lot better like this

Almost everyone ends the original film thinking "why didn't they tell the story from Aurora's pov?". It makes more sense to put yourself inside her head, and only then trying to understand what happened inside Jim's, just like she had to do.

The 3rd act is still a bit too rushed, but that's no fault of macmilln, there is simply no more material to work with here.

For anyone experiencing the film for the 1st time, please watch this version first

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I went into this film blind, having not seen the original. And I've got to say, I question why the original wasn't released like this.

A/V Editing was flawless, I was unsure of what had been changed until reading the changelist. Both waking up at the same time was a smart idea, it made it quite shocking when Jim says he's been up for over a year just a few minutes into the film. The flashbacks/Aurora freaking out intercutting was superb, I'm very impressed, as I assumed that's how the original played out whilst watching. Well chosen clips; these flashes make Jim seem unhinged during his year alone.

Superb job here by macmilln. Based on the cutlist I can say that it's definitely an improvement over the original, especially the first half.
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I liked the Theatrical Cut, but something felt off about it. I was not the only one, as it seems, and some very creative people suggested this well deserved and logical flip in perspective (e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gksxu-yeWcU). I was curious to see how the movie actually feels now, and the answer is simple - Macmilln's Aurora Edit is a significant improvement over the TC. Highly recommended!

The edit is visually stunning, and I simply loved it. The characters felt more relatable, the reveal a lot more satisfying, and the narrative flows more sensibly. Well done! Definitely my go-to version of this film.

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I never watched the original movie because I read how creepy the conceit was (and how bad the whole movie was) but this was great! I see what you were going for in the beginning with them waking up at the "same time"; I was a little confused but I liked the sentiment. As everyone has said it's genuinely baffling that the first half isn't told from Aurora's POV, and although I can't imagine any woman ever forgiving a man for doing what Jim did to her, the story makes perfect sense as it's told in this edit. It's wild that 30 minutes of the original is cut out because this works perfectly as a tight 80. All the problems I have with it (obviously her going back to him, the general nonsense of the ship breaking) is the fault of the original only. Great work!

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Like everyone else on the planet, I was also let down by the theatrical version. I sought this fanedit with the hope that It would fix the narrative issues. The editing is flawless and feels like a Director's cut you reach by pressing some weird key combinations on the BluRay menu. But still it did not give me what I needed - tell the story mainly from Aurora's perspective. I wish the first scene did not show them waking up more or less at the same time. Technically it is a superior edit. Leagues ahead of the theatrical version.

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This edit is very well done from a technical perspective. You wouldn't really know it's a fan edit if it weren't for the opening banners and such. And I had a good time watching it! Still, I'm not sure it really achieves what it's going for. Despite removing a lot of the Jim stuff, this still felt like Jim's movie, not Aurora's. Some of that is hard to overcome, like camera work that implies Jim's perspective, but some different editing decisions could have been made. In particular, showing Aurora and Jim waking up "simultaneously" doesn't really make sense when we are then given the scene of Jim going to the bar for the first time. I guess that scene is important to establish Arthur as a character and friend to Jim, but it might be preferable to cut it out. In that case, we'd see both of them wake up, and then Aurora and Jim meet. And it might even be possible to do some clever cuts to make that particular scene focus more on Aurora. It's very clearly shot from Jim's perspective, repeatedly cutting to him anticipating seeing Aurora for the first time. The inclusion of Jim meeting Arthur signaled to me that this is a movie about Jim (or at best, both Jim and Aurora).

Besides that, I think it's a pretty clever edit. The only other inclusions I question are the "bearded Jim" flashbacks. macmilln lists them as intended to increase sympathy toward Aurora as opposed to Jim, but I think the opposite is true. The one where he just floats out into space and cries feels particularly misplaced, whereas the one where he considers suicide at least feels like it plays into his passivity in the following scene of Aurora attacking him.

Overall, I consider this a great edit, but ultimately not one that changes the movie as drastically as intended in terms of perspective and the portrayal of Jim. But with the happily-ever-after ending, I think that would be pretty hard to pull off!

(P.S. Using "Across the Universe" for the credits was a nice touch.)

^ I wrote all the above before looking at any other reviews. Now, I just want to call out a complaint from boon23's review: "The revelation scene by Arthur is a difficult one, because the audience does not know about the relationship between Jim and Arthur at that time." I completely disagree! I thought the edit handled this masterfully, with it being a great payoff to the hard cut from earlier after Jim asks Arthur if he can keep a secret.

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I watched the original, but walked away disappointed, feeling like something was lacking and unable to put my finger on what. Then I saw the video and conversations about editing the middle acts to the beginning. So I waited a while to let myself forget about the arguments in favor of the edit, and to forget the story. I watched Passengers: Aurora with a nearly fresh set of eyes, having done my best to not remember the decent but bland theatrical release. I can confidently say that whether it is watched in a vacuum having never seen the official release, or if you watch macmilln's version soon before/after the theatrical release - Passengers: Aurora is a flawless edit. The cuts are masterfully done - you'd be hard pressed to even tell that this was done by a fan, and not a directors cut on a hidden menu of a DVD. The story is told so much better this way, and at no point is there a jarring cut like I would have expected for trying to piece together a story told from the point of view of a different primary character.

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I quite enjoyed the original version of Passengers. It had a lot of potential but also missed the mark on a few things. A while later I also saw the video about reshuffling the order of the movie, so I was intrigued by this edit. I have to say that macmilln has done an outstanding job of turning an average movie into great one. I cannot fault any of the edits or cuts as they all work seamlessly, as well as the pacing and tone. Unfortunately it still has the issue of the ending which cannot be fixed with the content available, but I must say that this is the best version of this movie that you'll ever see.
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