The American science fiction film Voyagers, directed by Neil Burger, was released in 2021. Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Colin Farrell, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Renaux, Archie Madekwe, and Quintessa Swindell star in the film, which follows a group of teenage astronauts who are sent on a multi-generational mission to colonize a habitable exoplanet in the year 2063 amidst runaway climate change.
Lionsgate released the picture in theaters on April 9, 2021. The movie earned mixed reviews from critics, with some claiming that it’s essentially a futuristic Lord of the Flies, and grossed only $4.2 million against a $29 million production budget, making it a box office flop.
Voyagers film Release Date
Voyagers was to be released on November 25, 2020, however, it was pushed back owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, which slowed down the creation of a lot of movies. The film was subsequently postponed to April 9, 2021.
Voyagers film Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
The film is set in the future and follows the journey of 30 young men and women who are launched deep into space on a multi-generational expedition to find a new home. The mission devolves into insanity as the crew reverts to its most primitive state, unsure if the real threat they face is from the outside or from within the spacecraft.
Vent “Voyagers,” a group of stunning young people give in to their most primitive desires over the course of a decades-long interplanetary journey. And if that sounds like a sultry Lord of the Flies set in space, it is. Despite the familiarity of the issues explored by writer/director Neil Burger, his film maintains a high level of tension and his trademark visual panache.
Burger delivers a story about what happens when individuals tap into their heightened, true selves, for better or for ill, in a way that his last picture “Limitless” did a decade ago—the film that proved Bradley Cooper was more than just a handsome face. Rather than taking medicine, they eliminate one from their systems: a daily beverage was known as “The Blue.” These astronauts believe it’s a vitamin pill to keep them healthy for the long haul, but it really balances them out and reduces unpleasant emotions like envy and fury. In Burger’s simplified sci-fi tale, though, it’s all for the greater good.
Climate change, drought, and illness will make Earth uninhabitable in the not-too-distant future. Scientists discover a new planet for humans to colonize—the only problem is that getting there takes 86 years. As a result, they raise a crew of smart cadets who will board the ship and eventually procreate throughout the voyage, with the ultimate objective of having their grandchildren begin their lives anew in this strange new world. They include Christopher (Tye Sheridan), Sela (Lily-Rose Depp), the inquisitive chief medical officer, and Zac (Fionn Whitehead), who, based purely on his piercing gaze and chiseled cheekbones, is plainly destined to turn nasty.
Burger effectively creates the rhythms of the setting as well as the roles that the crew members play. They are busy and hectic, yet tranquil, as they labor together to make repairs, cultivate food, and stay in shape in their matching midnight blue T-shirts and joggers. A trip to the mess hall fountain to pour themselves a slender glass of a blue beverage they believe is good for their overall health is part of their daily ritual. However, when Christopher and Zac begin to question its benefits and stop drinking it—and then counsel others to do the same—all of them experience a sensory awakening.
Within this crucible, Christopher develops as a natural leader, eager to defend his crewmates and keep some sort of civilization alive. If we may continue this Lord of the Flies analogy, he’s the Ralph figure, and when his impulsivity and nasty streak take hold, Zac clearly becomes the swaggering, aggressive Jack. “Anyone who wants to follow me can,” he adds to the others at one point. I’m going to make some more food.” His wickedness is horrifying, as is his cool ability to mislead and spin events to suit his story, but there isn’t much complexity there.
Sela, played by Depp, keeps her wits about her during the chaos, but she doesn’t get much else to do but play the gorgeous woman they’re both battling over. The miserably put-upon Piggy character is played by Phoebe (Chanté Adams of “Roxanne Roxanne”), who is repeatedly shushed when she tries to argue for a reason.
But, if Burger wanted to make a truly relevant and thought-provoking story, he should have put women in control, or anyone other than these two simplistic, masculine caricatures he’s concocted in his own lab.
Voyagers film Cast
- Tye Sheridan as Christopher “Chris” Rebbs
- Lily-Rose Depp as Sela
- Fionn Whitehead as Zachary “Zach”
- Colin Farrell as Richard “Rick” Alling
- Chanté Adams as Phoebe
- Isaac Hempstead Wright as Edward
- Viveik Kalra as Peter
- Archie Madekwe as Kai
- Quintessa Swindell as Julie
- Archie Renaux as Alex
- Madison Hu as Anda
- Wern Lee as Tayo
Voyagers film Wiki
- Directed by Neil Burger
- Written by Neil Burger
- Produced by
Isaac Hempstead Wright
- Cinematography Enrique Chediak
- Edited by Naomi Geraghty
- Music by Trevor Gureckis
- Production companies
Nota Bene Films
Freecss Films Limited
- Distributed by Lionsgate
- Release date
April 9, 2021
- Running time 108 minutes
- Country United States
- Language English
- Budget $29 million
- Box office $4.2 million