The classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is not only a beloved classic but has been assigned reading for generations of students since it was first published in 1954. The book has been adapted into plays and films over the years and remains a chilling and poignant cautionary tale.
In the new movie Voyagers audiences are introduced to an Earth that has been ravaged by climate change and disease. In an effort to save the species, a grand experiment to genetically create a group of children who are the origins of a colonization effort is undertaken.
The planet is 86 years away, so the decision is made that the children will be raised and trained indoors without any exposure to nature, open skies, fresh air, and other aspects of life on Earth that they will be deprived of on the ship.
Richard (Colin Farrell) decides to accompany the children on the mission as he wants to protect them and ensure things go as planned. If their progeny can hold it together, they will be well suited to continue on the mission, and it will be up to the next generation to ultimately be the ones who colonize the planet.
Ten years into the mission things are going well ,until a discovery is made that a drink the children take daily known as “The Blue” is a drug used to suppress their emotions and keep them docile and easy to control.
When friends Christopher (Tye Sheridan) and Zac (Fionn Whitehead) learn the secret of the Blue, they decide to stop taking it. They soon reveal the truth of their discovery to the rest of the children, who in turn also stop drinking the concoction.
In no time rampant emotions, aggressions, desires, paranoia, and mistrust start to run wild and Zac becomes obsessed with Sela (Lilly-Rose Depp). His unwelcome advances soon become more and more aggressive which causes Christopher and Richard to intervene, and tragedy soon follows.
Christopher and Zac soon find themselves at odds with one another. Fear and paranoia form the crew into factions, and they turn on one other. This not only threatens the mission but their very survival.
The film was very engaging and while I saw the influence of Lord of the Flies early on, the engaging cast and setting make the film entertaining and enjoyable despite any really unexpected twists.
The young leads work well with one another, and it will be very interesting to watch how their careers unfold in the years to come.
Voyagers is a refreshing new take on the classic tale of humanity laid bare, and provides an entertaining and engaging adventure for viewers to enjoy.
4 stars out of 5
Gareth is the mastermind behind the popular pop media site Skewed and Reviewed. He lives in Arizona with his wife Em McBride.