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).


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.


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


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


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