‘What does it feel like?’
Voyagers is a 2021 science-fiction thriller film about astronauts on a multi-generational mission who descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not.
Written and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless; The Illusionist), the Thunder Road Films-Nota Bene Films production stars Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan (The X-Men franchise), Lily-Rose Depp (Savage), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Chanté Adams (Roxanne, Roxanne), Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), Archie Madekwe (Midsommar), Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) and Madison Hu.
With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet.
However, when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the insatiable hunger for power…
” …Burger (Limitless, Divergent) seems less interested in building tension through physical clashes and sudden bursts of bloodshed than in contemplating the essential struggles of human nature when all controls are removed and self-interest takes the place of mutual care or dedication to a greater cause. Which would be fine if the characters weren’t such basic outlines.” The Hollywood Reporter
” …the film’s talented cast do their best to make their respective characters feel authentic and believable, but their narrative arcs are underdeveloped at best, with dialogues that often verge into melodrama. That said, the biggest missed opportunity lies in the fact that Voyagers ends right where it should have begun, leaving us with much to think about while, at the same time, failing to answer the very questions it raises.” Loud and Clear
“It helps you to seemingly pick apart who will choose which side of the aisle to be on and when the battle royale begins, you can assert the good from evil. Whitehead gets the meatiest role-playing the charismatic villain and he absolutely crushes it, helping foster an easily digestible and thrilling expenditure that, surprisingly, doesn’t get lost in space.” The Only Critic
” …once Zac goes full one-dimensional psycho, anything else Voyagers has to offer thematically (e.g., identity, free will, consent) gets thrown out of the nearest airlock. Even a brief denouement meant to be uplifting feels forced and unearned. Spoiler: It’s both.” Screen Anarchy
“It is a film that clearly wears its inspiration on its sleeve, not all the acting works, and it has some clumsy stylistic choices, which means it is not going to be for everyone. However, while I can’t say that I enjoyed the film, I found it compelling from start to finish, making it a movie I would recommend from that perspective.” TL; DR Movie Reviews and Analysis
“The director’s knack for encapsulated action and his sharp cast’s baser instincts create some B-movie thrills. The nature versus nurture argument gets a quick nod, but Burger (who also wrote) isn’t especially preoccupied with the why […] Science fiction tends to be heavily allegorical and heavily borrowed—Voyagers is certainly both of these.” UK Film Review
Lionsgate will release Voyagers theatrically on April 9th 2021.
Cast and characters:
Colin Farrell … Richard
Tye Sheridan … Christopher
Isaac Hempstead Wright … Edward
Lily-Rose Depp … Sela
Viveik Kalra … Peter
Fionn Whitehead … Zac
Archie Renaux … Alex
Chanté Adams … Phoebe
Madison Hu … Anda
Quintessa Swindell … Julie
Veronica Falcón … Marianne Sancar
Rafi Wilder … Young Christopher
Ioana Teodora Nimigean … Ioana
Vlad Ionut Popescu … Vlad
Miranda Phan … Phan
Audio: Dolby Atmos