More and more films are now discussing the possibility of humans being sent out of the earth in search of another place to live, and Voyagers adds to that list. This project headed by Neil Burger is full of passion, passion and passionate emotion. These spices are commonly found in young adult films.
When the earth was no longer suitable for human habitation, space exploration to find a new place to live became an idea that was raised, especially in films. One film that has a similar conflict and is still warm in the memory of cinema lovers is Interstellar (2014). The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, is an epic adventure in humanity’s mission to find a new home.
In Interstellar, however, Nolan is overly ambitious and wants to include all sorts of things in his slightly less than three-hour film. In terms of psychology and humanity, Dramaindo List this film does not focus much on these two aspects and is sometimes too whiny. A discussion of this aspect of space adventure can be found in the film High Life (2018).
High Life tells the story of convicts who are “dumped” by starships in search of black holes. The film from A24 is very dark, gloomy, and depressive, but on the other hand has a strange visual beauty. The limitations of the ship’s space, human alienation, and the longing for life on earth are the main focus of this film.
The three things that are the main discussion in High Life are commonly shown in similar films. However, when these three things are removed, what will a film set in life on a spaceship be like where the characters are the main focus? This is what Neil Burger is trying to discuss in the movie Voyagers .
Voyagers tells the story of 30 children who were born and raised just to find a new planet for human survival. These children are also raised in a place that was engineered as a spaceship so as not to miss life on earth and their interactions are limited, except when they communicate with their caregiver, Richard (Colin Farrell) who is present as their parent figure.
Richard, who initially only worked to raise the children to be ready to be sent to space, asked to join the mission. His presence also becomes a double-edged sword: making the children more obedient in carrying out the mission, on the other hand, it actually carries a sentimental value that this mission wants to eliminate so that there is no turmoil that arises on the basis of emotions. To suppress this, all children were asked to drink a blue liquid to suppress emotions.
Order begins to lose control after two young children, Christopher (Tye Sheridan) and Zac (Fionn Whitehead), stop drinking the blue liquid which results in Richard’s death. Richard’s death caused not only a mystery, but also controversy in the struggle for leadership between the two young people. Starting from here, Burger who also acts as a screenwriter begins to give a passionate story.
In short, the 30 humans who are in the young adult phase in this spacecraft are like humans who have not evolved, but have been more educated and supported by technology. When emotions are no longer contained, according to Burger, basic human instincts will stick out. The main basic desire is sex, then following all other desires that give rise to differences of opinion to the split of the joint venture. The split between Christopher and Zac is like seeing a miniature of politics on earth that ends in a small war.
Like other young adult science fiction-themed films, Voyagers is very passionate in the final 2/3 of the film. Conflict comes from order that is too pressing so that chaos is born. Then, there is also the split of friendship, the spice of love and sex, then the shooting and chasing.
We have found this formula in films with similar themes that emerged in the early 2010s, such as The Hunger Games (2012), Divergent (2014) which was also directed by Burger, and Maze Runner (2014). Apart from the slightly different setting from those films, there is not much new that is offered from Voyagers that we can find in the films above.
On the other hand, the well-arranged background and good lighting are one of the entertainments in this film. It’s just that, on the one hand, the cinematography looks sober. There is one way that the cinematographer, Enrique Chediak, displays distortion by shaking the camera during conflict. However, its existence is a little annoying for the camera, which is more stagnant.
Another interesting thing in this film is Christopher and Zac’s power struggle which is mostly supported by the performance of both Sheridan and Whitehead. However, sometimes their dialogues and behavior are trapped by the clichés of dialogue created by Burger so that their good acting is closed.
If you want to dabble in young adult sci-fi films again, Voyagers is worth watching. This film is more or less like Divergent who wants to dwell on his basic human instincts, not focus on the action. However, be prepared for cliches that may not be suitable for audiences who have gone through early adulthood.