Claustrophobia and paranoia devour the characters of Voyagers, a derivative but effective sci-fi thriller about a group of young people forced to fend for themselves on a ship crossing the galaxy Lord Of The Flies setup leads to results predictable, but writer-director Neil Burger draws a lot of tension from his study of humanity’s self-destructive tendencies And the feeling of being trapped in a confined space isn’t limited to those onscreen – audiences should also feel confined by the filmmaker’s effective use of the narrow corridors and airless vastness of the cosmos, which increase anxiety in this modest genre offering
Opening in US theaters April 9 – UK release slated for July 2 – Travelers will be hoping to capitalize on a market without many blockbusters Cast starring Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead and Colin Farrell should grab some attention, and the film’s YA attributes might appeal to teens and 20-year-old viewers, despite the photo’s general feeling of familiarity.
Voyagers takes place some 50 years into the future, when a group of men and women in their early 20s travel aboard a spacecraft Guided by Mission Commander and Scientist Richard (Farrell), they were specially bred to embark on a decades-long journey in which their eventual grandchildren will colonize a distant planet in order to preserve the human race But after an accident, the youngsters – including the soft-spoken Christopher (Sheridan), resourceful Sela (Depp) and scheming Zac (Whitehead) – band together to decide who will become the leader, and whether or not they should. continue with that mission
Burger (Limitless, Divergent) clearly took inspiration from William Golding’s 1954 novel, moving the action from a desert island to a spaceship, where once again the young protagonists must try to form their own society – with dire consequences It is only towards the end that the image becomes moralistic, exposing its mundane message about the importance of community and the aspiration for our best nature Before that, however, Voyagers is a rugged B-movie in which Christopher and his cohorts learn that Richard is hiding something, resulting in a myriad of plot complications.
Nothing that happens is particularly surprising, but Burger and his cast skillfully execute the twists Farrell is good enough as yet another seemingly benevolent father figure who carries dark secrets, while Sheridan conveys quiet strength in as long as Christopher, who will find himself at odds with Zac, a young man so determined to lead that he will sow fear and mistrust – especially when travelers begin to believe that a monstrous alien presence may have invaded their bodies (Like Zac , Whitehead possesses a lot of threatening eye intensity)
There are fleeting references to issues of free will and toxic masculinity, but Voyagers works best when it comes to simply orchestrating the disbandment of the crew, which will split into factions, along with a party. determined to eliminate the other Because there is no escape from the ship – and they have lost contact with Earth – Christopher and Sela will have to outsmart and outlast Zac and his followers Working on a relatively low budget – the film is more a dark bedroom room than a sci-fi show – Burger slowly creates the foul-smelling tension as the ship becomes a battlefield with only so much room to operate In that regard, Scott Chambliss’s intentionally nondescript production design is a plus – the softness of the ship’s narrow corridors and sterile rooms make the film’s main setting look like a weirdly generic workspace or high-rise prison. technology
Overall, the characters aren’t drawn particularly well (Notably, the film’s two most important actresses, Depp and Chante Adams, are relegated to playing symbolic voices of reason amidst stereotypically aggressive male behavior. And the story’s parallels to Trumpism and the rise of “fake news” are pretty obvious – most blatantly in the way Zac concocts lie after lie, intimidating the crew into obeying him by projecting his strength
And yet Voyagers’ stripped-down suspense and grounded performances give a new resonance to an ancient story even in the future, when society can spawn a race of young people whose sole purpose is to populate the next home of the world. humanity, our basic impulses – our desire to be selfish and destroy those who get in our way – will always rule This flawed thriller manages to tap into the sickening realization that no matter where we travel in the universe, we always bring the worst parts of ourselves
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