Friday, April 9, 2021

Voyagers - Movie Review

The Movie: Voyagers

The Director: Neil Burger

The Cast: Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, Madison Hu, Colin Farrell       

The Story: A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not.

The Review:
I'm always going to support science fiction films. I want to see more and I want stories that take deep dives into the genre without worrying if the audience is going to understand what's happening. You may recognize director Neil Berger from his previous movies The Illusionist, Limitless, and Divergent, each of which could be considered science fiction or fantasy so he is no stranger to the genre. His latest effort is more of a story about humanity that's built into a science fiction setting by sending a bunch of kids into space to find a new planet.

The story starts out with a grand plan along the lines of Interstellar although with much more of a plan and much less urgency. Everything about this movie makes me think of other movies in some form or fashion and there's definitely a Lord of the Flies vibe going on. Unfortunately, none of it is really that interesting and the whole thing is really devoid of emotion. Even the scenes where there is some action and fighting seem like they are all just walk throughs like everyone was just there to hit there marks and get the job done. Even the cast is sort of generic with no one standing out which is normal for Colin Farrell but I was hoping for more from the younger members of the cast.

Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp are the protagonists in the story and everything they do is pretty much exactly what you are expecting like a paint by numbers project. Fionn Whitehead is the primary antagonist in the movie and, as far as villains go, he's bringing nothing new to the table. In an interesting bit of irony, all the young characters in the movie are being controlled and sedated by a sort of supplement so their emotions are dampened and they are made to be very compliant and this is exactly  how everyone seems to be playing their roles.

The Verdict:
Voyagers is not the epic thriller it promises to be although it might be good to watch if you are trying to fall asleep.

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