review by Bobby Blakey
If you have been around our site you know I love all things Colin Farrell. So that was enough of a reason for me to be interested in his latest film Voyagers, but it features a great cast including Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, and Madison Hu with Limitless and The Illusionist director Neil Burger at the helm. Could this film bring new life to the genre or will it not be worth the journey?
Voyagers follows the future of the human race at stake and group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the insatiable hunger for power.
This movie had great potential and an interesting story to work from and while it is decent it never really packs that punch I think it was hoping too. The overall tone and direction reminded me some of Lord of the Flies with a sci-fi twists, but missing the intensity. The young cast are good and the evolution of their personalities and chaos works, but I think the lack of much ever really happening hurts it. With this specific story there is no real danger overall as it can only ever end one way.
Colin Farrell is good in the role, but it’s a smaller important role that just didn’t have a lot of meat to it. Where the film excels is in the visuals using the typical insanely clean environment often used in space flicks. These bright and vibrant narrow hallways and rooms are as much a characters as the actors themselves. The angles and way they shoot down the hallways steps the game up and makes it a visual treat, but I wish there had been a bit more to work with.
This was a decent enough flick with good performances and a lot of potential, but never really gets out the generic category. If you like any of those involved or just the sci-fi genre in general then check it out as it is worth watching, just keep expectations low.
In addition to the film this release features bonus content including featurettes that take you behind bringing this film to life. Grab your copy of Voyagers available now on Digital / Digital 4K Ultra HD™, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.