'Voyagers' explores disappointment in space
Start writing a post

'Voyagers' explores disappointment in space

The last half turns into "Among Us" with pleasure and power-obsessed teenagers, and that's not a good thing

​Sela looks outside of an air duct on a spaceship in sci-fi thriller "Voyagers." Actor Lily-Rose Depp is wearing a bright yellow hazmat suit while peeking outside the air duct that opens to space.
Photo credit: Lionsgate

What happens when you artificially breed children, raise them in isolation and ship them into space to colonize a distant planet? Nothin good, that's for sure.

The psychological concept alone is a bad idea from the movie's scientists, and the character logic doesn't get better in sci-fi thriller "Voyagers."

Written and directed by Neil Burger, the film brings up an interesting premise on primitive, natural instincts but ultimately falls flat.

Voyagers (2021 Movie) Official Trailer – Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp www.youtube.com

The movie begins with a very bland character named Richard (Colin Farrell), one of the lead supervisors of the colonization project. Initially audiences don't know much about him except that he deeply cares for the children he babysits, especially Sela (Lily Rose-Depp). In fact, he cares so much that he's willing to go on a one-way space trip to lead them and speed up the project to launch earlier than planned.

Fast forward 10 years, and the kids are teenagers – the perfect age to start questioning authority and letting hormonal instincts run wild. But this is a calm ship with everyone assigned a role on the spacecraft. One day, Christopher (Tye Sheridan) and Zac (Fionn Whitehead) learn that the blue drink they ingest is actually inhibiting their pleasurable emotions and instincts. And as more teens learn the truth, the ship descends into chaos.

As engaging as the film is, it continues to disappoint into an "Among Us"-like finale. It baits audiences into thinking something different might happen when really the story goes exactly where one would predict. Within his first couple scenes, it's easy to see that Zac becomes the antagonist, and it's easy to spot other spoilers in the future.

And even though there are some decent performances, scenes mostly miss the mark with lazy writing and poor reactions. It seems illogical that these kids need to review an instruction manual for survival because they are trained from birth to follow orders and lead a ship on their own. The teens also make illogical decisions with no curiosity. In one scene Zac blasts a few locked doors with a weapon to chase after the protagonists. When the last door's window is covered, he doesn't think something looks off. Characters like Zac don't learn their lessons.

The overall tone of the film gives viewers whiplash as scenes flip-flop between life-and-death situations followed by calm scenes in which the characters act like they didn't just have a spaceship insurrection.

Maybe "Voyagers" is for some audiences, but others should follow their suspect gut feelings and skip it.

Score: 3/10

"Voyagers" premieres in theaters on Friday, April 9.

Follow the reporter on Twitter at @s_incorvaia.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments