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Voyagers (2021)

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2/10: Teens in Space
Monday, May 10, 2021

Apart from its intriguing premise, the hopelessly predictable, live-action, sci-fi saga "Voyagers" (*1/2 OUT OF ****) has little else to distinguish it. First, climate change has ravaged the planet, and the Earth is deteriorating at an alarming rate. Man is running out of time as well as resources! Second, the nearest planet fit for human habitation requires an 86-year voyage! Incredibly, serious minds decide to launch children into space and educate them so they can maintain their spacecraft during this voyage of a lifetime. Later, when they have matured enough, they will reproduce and then train their offspring! Presumably, these first-generation space travelers will apprise the second generation, their sons and daughters, about the dire necessity for colonizing the new planet. Undoubtedly, teens will applaud the confidence mankind has entrusted them with for such a critical mission. Nevertheless, just as parents dread the thought of teens sneaking out for a spin in the family sedan, space...

2/10: Voyagers holds a well-known, successful sci-fi formula and takes it through the most uninteresting, unsurprising, frustratingly generic development path
Thursday, April 8, 2021

If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog :)When people ask me my favorite genre, I usually reply with the admittedly annoying and cliche "I enjoy every type of film". While this is ultimately true, I do tend to love sci-fi and a couple of other genres more than the rest. I find sci-fi to be one of the most creative filmmaking sources, partially due to the infinite potential of its storytelling. From extraterrestrial life to an exploration of deep space, our world knows so little of what's beyond our planet, which makes the respective genre a perfect framework for imaginative, unique fiction. Voyagers features an interesting cast, but Neil Burger was behind the disappointingly hollow Divergent saga, so I couldn't help but go in with very low expectations.Even anticipating a tough watch, I never thought Voyagers would be a contender for one of the worst flicks of the year. The...

3/10: It went from good to laughable in a split second
Saturday, July 31, 2021

I wasn't sure what to expect from writer and director Neil Burger with this 2021 sci-fi thriller, but I must admit that the synopsis for the movie sounded fairly interesting. And so without having even seen a trailer or even heard about the movie prior to watching it, I sat down to watch "Voyagers".And while "Voyagers" did actually start out pretty interesting, and had me entertained, the movie just fell into pieces upon the act where the character Richard died. After that, the movie just became laughable and downright annoying to watch.After the death of Richard, the movie became a pointless theater of fighting, bickering, deception and debauchery, and throw in a hefty bit of bland characters that constantly look like they are seriously constipated. Essentially the movie slipped from being an interesting and atmospheric sci-fi thriller to becoming a mindless clone of "Lord of the Flies", but set in space.What really ticked me...

6/10: Lord of the Rings' Type Situation
Saturday, April 10, 2021

I saw "Voyagers", starring Tye Sheridan-the X_Men movies, Ready Player One; Lily_Rose Depp-The King, The Dancer, Oh yeah, she is Johnny's daughter; Fionn Whitehead-Don't Tell a Soul, Dunkirk and Colin Farrell-Ava, Horrible Bosses.This is a study of what happens when your emotions are kept under control for too long-or let loose, all of a sudden. Colin leads a group of about 30 young people-about 10 years old-on a space mission to colonize a new planet. It takes 86 years to get there so Colin is just suppose to keep an eye on the kids as they grow up and mold them into a well oiled group of explorers. Since the kids will probably have died before they reach the planet-their grandkids will be doing the colonization-they are drugged with their food into having no emotions. No emotions, no problems, at least that is what was decided...

6/10: New age Lord of the Flies with a space twist
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Voyagers (2021) is a movie recently released in theatres my Mrs. And I caught last week. The storyline focuses on an 86 year space voyage to a planet that supports life. A group of babies and a scientist are sent in a spacecraft where they will live virtually their entire life on the space ship, the babies never knowing Earth, their parents and taking medications that keeps their emotions and mental state stable. When the children discover this they stop taking the medications and all hell breaks loose on the ship. This science fiction movie is directed by Neil Burger (Divergent and The Illusionist) and stars Tye Sheridan (Mud), Lily-Rose Depp (Tusk), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Chante Adams (The Photograph) and Quintessa Swindell (Black Adam in 2022). This movie has a new age Lord of the Flies feel to it with a space twist. The characters, acting and storyline was fairly interesting and at times very intense. There were some...

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