To say that LionsgateSci-Fi movie “traveler“Never appreciating its true nature would be overstating the case and unfair to well-intentioned filmmakers.” Neil BurgerLatest directing efforts. But as an initially thoughtful, intelligent science fiction moral story that is losing its way, there is something to be said about the way “Voyagers” undermine their consideration Aldous Huxley-ian viewing human nature in the name of thrills, entertaining audiences, and simple-minded messaging. To be honest, the film clearly aims at a mixture of intelligence and spectacle in the great tradition of Nolan, Kubrick, and all the ancestors of cinema who managed to mix thought-provoking ideas on a big budget, but the film never quite manages to get there despite an exciting first act.
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In “Voyagers”, which is set for some time in the not too distant future, the fate of humanity is at stake thanks to various global environmental disasters that have depleted the earth’s resources (very familiar, yes). The planet’s stakeholders have embarked on an ambitious expedition to colonize a distant planet with a similarly hospitable environment. The catch, the journey there is going to take nearly 90 years and even with an intergenerational baton handover program of pioneers to continue the mission in place (the crew has babies growing up and continuing the plan). The unknown X-factors – how people react to the absence of sunlight, nature, intimacy, connection, isolation, and the austerity of space – are too vast and unidentifiable to be risked.
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Therefore, a new strategy is proposed: the breeding of an entirely new generation of hyper-intelligent genetically engineered humans who never know parents, loved ones, the joys and comforts of the earth and therefore never feel deprived of them or know anything else. They are bred for the sole purpose of ensuring that future generations of humanity can live on on a new planet.
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Much of this (dys) utopian idea and ideal is conceived by the virtuous science officer Richard Alling (convincingly relaxed) Colin Farrell) and soon he and 30 small children set off for the stars to fulfill this mission for the common good. He won’t make it by then, he knows – but his goal is to give them a better chance of fighting and maybe a mentor to help guide them. Many years later, many of these children are young adults, Christopher (Tye Sheridan), Sela, (Lily-Rose Depp) Zac (Fionn Whitehead) and Alex (Archie Madekwe) are among the more dominant personalities (Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Quintessa Swindell, and Madison Hu Co-star).
Without getting too many key spoilers: The operation goes wrong quickly, much of it because the young travelers stop drinking “the blue”. An enzyme that they discover in a resource-saving way is supposed to make them docile, obedient and passive. And so it happened that the “Beautiful new world“Aspect of the film emerges, its true primitive nature reveals itself, and” Voyagers “essentially transforms into”Lord of the flies“In space. Unfortunately, the film here also becomes less and less interesting over time.
Like with burgerLimitlessThe film, which also had a strong concept, is intriguing but loses its way to uneven, reductive writing and unnecessary visual fireworks to visualize the serotonin-rich idea of overwhelming sensory overload – a cheap holdover technique that “Limitless” wanted enlivening a cold, sterile room palette, but still felt inappropriate.
As the defiant “villain” Zac, Fionn Whitehead goes a little too far overboard as the unhindered leader of this Lord of The Flies troupe, consumed by fear, lust and an insatiable hunger for power, and no one picks him up as an actor. As the leader of the morally virtuous side of the space quest – those who don’t believe they should give in to their base tendencies and still complete the mission – Sheridan is as respectable as Depp, but all about those who let the ship descend into chaos, drama and especially the writing, just feels a bit overcooked and overwhelmed. In essence, it is often the case that the need to advance the story and create conflict always clashes with the more reflective side of “Voyager”. The tension and action accidentally sabotage the good stuff.
“Perhaps this is our true nature,” says Sheridan ruefully and ready to give up hope at a crucial moment when the entire ship has apparently given up common sense, ethical thinking and basic codes of conduct in favor of hedonism and chaos. And this is exactly what Burger’s film wants to deal with, with the big questions of life, humanity, but also space and the cosmos. It’s double or triple immersion, one in that William Golding-esque ideas of society, groupthink, morality, immorality and the other in the Isaac Assimov great traditions of space exploration Why are we here on earth? What is our goal and what is out there in the larger universe? mixed with Huxley’s ideas of dystopian civilizations. And when “Voyager” grapples with all of these questions, it’s at its best.
There’s also a little trump card and fascism and the way fear has been armed to make people behave irrationally and be motivated by panic and the unknown (there’s a thread throughout the film, whether alien forces too are at work). Much of this aspect – the scare tactics – is relevant, but written way too superficially and escalates way too incredibly quickly. And of course, taking up ideas from nature or the care of Galton / Charles Darwin, which of course raises the question of whether “Voyager” simply takes up too many philosophical questions (the answer is kind of).
For all its flaws and layers, “Voyagers” is well-intentioned and apparently aims to serve as some sort of hopeful commentary on today’s polarized divisions. the ways we distrust each other, how we distort truths, and how the best of us can hopefully lead us through these dark times. For all its dystopian thoughts, “Voyagers” is ultimately idealistic and hopeful – something symbolized by Colin Farrell’s underage, but coupling-oriented character. Ultimately, “Voyagers” is personified ad astra – the Latin phrase There is no easy way from earth to earth Stars – and everything that means the state of emergency, the ambition, the optimism and the personal struggle and the costs – are all summarized in one. Unfortunately, this noble effort never really reaches the take-off and size it seeks to achieve. [C+]