A group of teen astronauts begin to go mad after discovering the higher-ups control them in the new sci-fi thriller, Voyagers.
Bred, born, and raised for a specific purpose, to leave Earth and inhabit a new planet on a multi-decade journey through space, a bunch of teen astronauts discover that they’re taking drugs against their will to remain docile on the trip.
After figuring out what’s happening to them, they rebel, as teens do, and begin to go a little bit crazy.
Voyagers comes to us from director Neil Burger, whose past work includes the young-adult teen sci-fi film Divergent (2014) and the old-adult sci-fi film, Limitless (2011).
There’s a Limitless vibe to this one, down to the quick, snappy editing effects to the themes surrounding drug use, inhibition, and the loss of inhibition.
Throw in the space-madness trope, and we get Voyagers, and it does look intriguing indeed.
Psychological space thrillers can be terrifying when done right; films like Alien (1979), Event Horizon (1997), and Sunshine (2007) all great examples of superb entries to the sub-genre.
Burger looks to replicate the success of those films with his latest, and it seems like he may be onto something here.
The story is compelling, and the cast is full of attractive up-and-comers, including Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Fionn Whitehead, with Colin Farrell seemingly the only adult in the cast.
It’s been a while since there’s been a bonafide modern sci-fi classic, and we’ll find out on 8 April 2021 if Voyagers can sit alongside the greats.