SETTLERS (2021) Review of sci-fi thriller

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Settlers is a 2021 British science fiction thriller film about a family on Mars fighting to protect their homestead.

Written and directed by Wyatt Rockefeller – making his feature debut – the Brittle-Star Pictures/Jericho Motion Pictures co-production stars Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Nell Tiger Free, Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting).

Plot:

On a remote homestead amongst the Martian frontier, a refugee family from Earth clings to hope for a better life. However, when strangers appear in the surrounding hills and attempt to run them off, nine-year-old Remmy (Brooklynn Prince) is faced with the desperate reality her mother (Sofia Boutella) and father (Jonny Lee Miller) have tried so hard to keep from her.

Reviews:

Settlers may well appeal to those who prefer their science fiction a bit more grounded and thoughtful but the film’s glacial pace and lack of momentum suck the life out of it […] But it’s hard to care about any of this because there’s no compelling dramatic drive and the characters are too cold and uninteresting to give much of a damn about. Beautifully filmed and rather stately from a visual perspective…” Starburst

Release:

IFC Films is releasing Settlers in the USA theatrically and On-Demand on July 23rd 2021.

Cast and characters:

Sofia Boutella … Ilsa
Jonny Lee Miller … Reza
Nell Tiger Free … Remmy (18)
Brooklynn Prince … Remmy (9)
Ismael Cruz Cordova … Jerry
Natalie Walsh … Stranger
Matthew Van Leeve … Stranger

Technical details:

103 minutes

Trailer:

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