Voyagers is a 2021 science fiction film written and directed by Neil Burger. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Colin Farrell, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Renaux, Archie Madekwe, and Quintessa Swindell, and follows a group of teenage astronauts sent on a multi-generational mission in the year 2063 to colonize a habitable exoplanet amidst runaway climate change and declining habitability on Earth, who descend into paranoia and social conflict after discovering that their personalities and emotions were being artificially suppressed.
In the year 2063, Earth is suffering from climate change with the lack of pure drinking water. Eventually, scientists discover a planet that can shelter human life. 30 children are selected to board a rocket to this planet, never to go home. The children eventually discover that their adult superiors were lying to them, leading to chaos.
- Generic concept of humans having to recolonize after Earth is uninhabitable.
- Poor acting from actors like Tye Sheridan, Colin Farrell and Lily Rose-Depp.
- The characters are not interesting and have no character development. For example:
- Chris is a generic teenage protagonist.
- Sela is just a formulaic love interest.
- Zach is evil because he didn't get the girl.
- Richard Ailing is a generic father figure.
- Similar to Chaos Walking, this film has poor chemistry between Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp. They just fall in love after Zach is rejected by Richard.
- About a third into the movie, the story then changes into a shameless clone of Lord of the Flies. Many critics and audiences noted this in the trailers as well as the actual movie.
- After changing the story into a Lord of the Flies knockoff, the premise is almost forgotten about.
- The climax of the film feels like Among Us, in which Zach gets ejected into outer space. There's even mentions of aliens sneaking aboard the ship and possessing crewmates.
- After Zach is defeated, Chris and Sela tell everyone that Zach is dead and how he manipulated everyone. But this was never shown. It was only implied.
- Plot hole: Why is Richard the only adult hired to look after the children? They should've had more adults looking after them after he is killed.
- Decent production design.
- The cinematography is okay.
- Decent ending.
Voyagers received mixed reviews from critics, who compared it to Lord of the Flies. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 26% of 120 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 5/10. The website's critical consensus states: "It has a game cast and a premise ripe with potential, but Voyagers drifts in familiar orbit instead of fully exploring its intriguing themes." Metacritic assigned a weighted average score of 44 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."