Voyagers Review: A Gen Z Lord of the Flies in Space
Voyager takes an initially intriguing sci-fi premise down a predictable path with no surprises. What begins as a careful exploration of human nature becomes Gen Z lord of the flies in the space. While most of the main characters are of a shallow note, a solid lead performance by Tye sheridan add the seriousness necessary to avoid absurdity. His ability to bring realistic demeanor to fantasy situations serves the film well; but not enough to get past several glaring plot holes and an obvious final act.
In 2063, humanity discovers a habitable planet in distant space. The Earth will not recover from climate change, overpopulation and pollution. The decision is made to send a ship to prepare the planet for colonization. The nearly 100-year journey will take several generations to complete the mission. The embryos are genetically engineered using the best minds available. The resulting children are raised in isolation as a group. Dr. Richard Alling (Colin farrell) asks to accompany the children as they begin the journey. Voyagers Movie Review
Years later in space, the crew has matured into teenagers. Christopher (Tye Sheridan) and Zac (Fionn Whitehead) start having questions about the mission. Richard eases his worries, but notices the behavior changes. When children begin to deviate from protocols, the opposite sex becomes noticeable. Christopher and Zac now come to Sela (Lily-Rose Melody Depp) in a different light. The young crew is forced to take control of the ship after a mysterious accident. Your new freedom and authority leaves all inhibitions unchecked. Voyagers Movie Review
Voyager I had the opportunity to be daring. The premise establishes a closed society Petri dish where all facets of human behavior are allowed to flourish. Sex and aggression come to the fore as unbridled carnality runs amok. It’s a frat party in space where bad guys turn into violent alpha males with no moral compass. Lord of the Flies the analogy is appropriate. The problem is, we’ve seen all of this before ad nauseam. Character interactions unfold exactly as expected. Writer / director Neil Burger (Unlimited, Divergent) succumbs to formula when it could have been bold.
Voyagers Movie Review
Two issues completely perplexed me throughout the film. First is the use of cropped shots of Neil Burger. In the first act, he inserts exciting images at random when the male characters get turned on. Then abandon this style choice entirely for the rest of the runtime. It’s like Burger has a cinematic change of heart, which ends up looking awkward and disjointed on screen. There is a main stage in a long sterile white corridor on the ship. In Star trek, they intelligently move the footage so that the characters appear to be walking through a larger environment. In Voyager, it seems that the characters are going up and down the same set. Makes the ship boring. That’s a critical flaw in space-based science fiction.
Tye Sheridan excels in heavy visual effects movies. He does a good job conveying emotions without dialogue. Sheridan raises Voyager script showing complexity when not spoken. The movie needed a lot more nuance and character development to be successful. Voyager is a Thunder Road Films and AGC Studios production. It will be released in theaters on April 9 on Lionsgate.
Voyagers Movie Review
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