Voyagers is an updated science fiction version of Lord of the Flies, but it pales in comparison to the classic.
Voyagers is a common movie trope that audiences have seen time and time again. It is extremely similar to Lord of the Flies, and tells the story of what can happen when humans are put in a group and taken away from the rest of humankind. The intent is to focus on the true nature of people, and good versus evil.
In this movie humans have created “test tube babies” from donors with the sole intent to send them to a new planet, where they can help our kind live on. Earth is ruined and there is no saving it. The journey will take 86 years and so they are raised in containment, hoping this means they will have nothing to miss about their home planet. It will be their grandchildren who settle the new planet.
In order to make sure that they do not overpopulate the ship, or get too out of hand on the journey there, they are given a special drug that will cause their sensations to be dulled. They will even reproduce by scientific means, rather than the natural way. This will allow the correct amount of humans to make it to the new planet. One man, played by Colin Farrell, will travel with them to ensure things go according to plan.
What Works In Voyagers
There are a lot of scenes in Voyagers that feel like an acid trip. They are mind-blowingly psychedelic and some of the best parts of the film. Flashing these close up images back to back really helps to draw the audience into the story, and understand more of what this spaceship crew is going through.
While the story itself is very common and predictable, there some twists that are placed in the film to give it a unique feel. The cinematography all throughout is something that should be appreciated. The angles, the pans, and the zooms — all combined with a suspenseful score — helps to define Voyagers as a true science fiction film.
There are actually quite a bit of action sequences in this film, a lot more than I was expecting anyways, and each and everyone delivered. I found myself on the edge of my seat time and time again during these, just waiting to see what would happen next.
What Doesn’t Work In Voyagers
Due to the story of Voyagers, the main actors are all pretty bland. I totally understand that the purpose of this is wrapped up in the plot and the fact they are taking drugs that dull their personalities and sensations, but unfortunately their faces continue to stay emotionless throughout most of the movie. This is something that gets very distracting the longer it goes on, and also takes away from the second half of the film.
Also due to the nature of the film, there are some incredibly uncomfortable parts. Nothing like the way Them made me feel, but still there were times I had to look away. One of those scenes is depicted in the photo above and yes, it gets even more awkward from there.
Lord of the Flies is a classic story – one that many kids are required to read in school. Voyagers is almost exactly the same story, but in space. That is not necessarily a bad thing though, and if you are a fan of the book, you are likely to rather enjoy this movie. While the movie itself is quite predictable, and the acting is mediocre, the trippy science fiction storyline is what makes it unique.
Overall I enjoyed Voyagers. Is it a groundbreaking movie that deserves all of the awards? No, absolutely not. But it is a decent storyline told in a unique way. It won’t ever beat Lord of the Flies, but that probably isn’t what it was setting out to do in the first place.
With the future of the human race at stake, a 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.