A reworking of Lord of the Flies in space, the film begs the question of whether human nature is essentially creative or destructive? Whether you want to sit for the approximately 108 minutes it takes to answer this question is an open question (I found myself looking at my watch frequently)
Written and directed by Neil Burger, the film feels closer to Ayn Rand in space than it does to William Golding
There’s a good reason for this when ideas become more important than the characters who have them – as often happens in this laborious and professional narrative – we start to lose interest in both I mean, if you don’t care about people, will you care what happens to them?
I was surprised and not surprised to see the name of Farrell, 44, attached to this.You can see how potentially interesting the central theme of the film is to him, and the talented cast are going out of their way to try to make it fly
It’s just that the leadership doesn’t have a lot of character time involved and soon they all start to look like a science experiment gone awry rather than a bunch of living, breathing people entering. in conflict
The plot is simple We are in the 2060s and the world is in climate turmoil A space trip is planned in a new world where humanity can hopefully start over Young people are selected for make the journey through the stars, but due to the vast distances involved, it is their grandchildren who will live to see the new world, arriving long after the original crew have passed away
Co-star Fionn Whitehead, 23, plays Zac, a talented young teammate who, like the others, is gently seduced by a compulsory drink they all call “the blue” This drink inhibits the roughest parts of human nature – conflict, desire, competitiveness – but no one knows it yet
No one except Richard, Farrell’s older and wiser psychologist He volunteered to keep a watchful eye on these young people, to keep them out of trouble and on a level playing field. as you can tell, I think I know where this is going, travelers are starting to head there
But before I ask Fionn about his character, I need to ask him about his Irish name Being called Fionn is to an Irishman what being called Apollo is to a Greek It’s a banner name How has it come to this?
“Through my father,” Whitehead tells IrishCentral, “because apparently I came out scowling and frowning and his words were that I came out looking like a Celtic warrior!”
The Travelers theme couldn’t be more timely, I’m telling it because we’ve just seen America go through a destructive cycle where it was not at all clear that the good guys were going to win. ?
“I do I think the movie asks all these questions that are going to be asked. Question of morality and why should you be good if no one else is? Why should you be doing good things? My character wants instant gratification, constantly And he wants it as fast as he can, and he doesn’t really care about the consequences “
This kind of attitude, where team morality and fear of consequences crumble, quickly takes the film into horror territory “I think what you can get out of my character, c is you see his rapid decline, once he gets on that train”
“Once he took the plunge, when he kind of opened the door for it, it felt like it got bigger and then it was really hard to stop and it got you. kind of eats away and that sort of throws your whole moral compass hit a little “
Zac’s loss of a moral compass has fatal consequences for Farrell’s character, Richard.But just as the crew circles Zac and asks him to pay for his misdeeds, he turns into a soft-spoken politician who knows how to evade all laws
Trying to rally people based on their lizard brains rather than ethics makes Zac look more and more like Trump, a comparison he doesn’t back down from
I think it’s like any dictator, you know He has a thirst for power and the kind of greed and motivation and the will and ambition to get it no matter what the cost So in that way he’s really very similar to a lot of our political leaders on the wrong side of the tracks and yes there’s probably a bit of Trump there too.”
And how was your collaboration with Colin? “He’s great He’s such a lovely guy and I mean his reputation precedes him He’s an amazing actor to work with and study with It was just great to be with him to kind of learn from him”
If you were asked how would you present the Voyagers, I ask? “It’s like kind of a sci-fi Lord Of The Flies,” he laughs The movie certainly looks timely, like it’s been taken out of the headlines and the experiences we’ve all had in the States recently. United and UK
“I think it’s always good to reassess and look within, especially at times like this, when we’re all forced to really think about what makes us human and to whom. we are And also to think about what kind of questions about community and society that it brings up on a small scale I think one of the themes running through the movie is that it’s very clear that all the characters still need some others to survive I think that was a really, really important type of message to spread “
There is also a quiet element of generational betrayal in the film, where the young are quietly betrayed by an older generation and you could argue that is also true for this particular moment in the story. ideas on this?
“That’s a tough question because I have a feeling it’s not a new feeling like every generation had the exact same feeling about the generation before them, you know, the feeling they have. kinda screwed up So I think rather than getting mad at another group of people, a much healthier response is to just talk to those people and be prepared to listen to them and open a dialogue between them. two groups, rather than just pointing fingers “
This is the kind of answer the director of Whitehead would love because it is the ultimate message of the film The question is will anyone listen?
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