The aim of all space travel movies is to find a habitable planet for human life, so Neil Burger’s latest science fiction film “Voyagers” feels a little too familiar. We’ve seen it in a variety of films, from “Lost in Space” to “Pandorum” to “Interstellar.” In a nod to Morten Tyldum’s 2016 sci-fi film “Passengers,” “Voyagers” has a similar storyline involving a group of people who are left floating in space on their way to another world. These films also tend to depict the ramifications of a man stuck in space falling in love with a woman. So, what sets Burger’s film apart from the others? IMDB
The film is set in the year 2063, when Earth, as you would expect, is no longer capable of supporting human life. To save the human race from extinction, a group of scientists genetically engineer the ideal offspring to be sent into space in search of a new world capable of supporting life. It will be their soon-to-be grandchildren who will visit the new world, not them. To keep the 30 children compliant and prevent them from missing out on the outside world, they are isolated in a space-like station until they leave Earth and begin their 86-year journey. Richard (Colin Farrell), the scientist in charge of keeping an eye on the kids, makes a decision.
When the crew of the ship has evolved into attractive young adults, they begin to wonder what the true meaning of their journey is. Christopher (Tye Sheridan) discovers a potentially toxic chemical they’re all ingesting. He and his friend Zac (Fionn Whitehead) discover that the poison is a concentrate in “The Blue,” a water-like material that acts as a drug to reduce enjoyment and keep them numb. With this information, they both decide to stop drinking “The Blue,” revealing their shared lust for chief medical officer Sela (Lily-Rose Depp). When word spreads and the crew devolves into anarchy, the true nature of the situation emerges.