Science fiction is full of stories about intrepid humans setting out to colonize a distant planet. It’s an endeavor real scientists hope to make possible some day. But, if and when they do, we doubt mankind’s first such trip will have very much in common with the next sci-fi tale to imagine a journey through the universe. Because the first trailer for Voyagers, starring Colin Farrell, promises a very different kind of take on that classic trope. The film is less about the end destination. It’s more about a spaceship that turns into a dangerous hedonistic party in the stars.
“With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the insatiable hunger for power.”
That official synopsis from Lionsgate doesn’t match the raw intensity of this hormone-filled trailer. Based on this promo, we would describe this movie as The Sex Spaceship. That might seem unusual, but it makes sense on a certain level. In space, no one can hear your scream, whether its from pain or pleasure. What better place to try new things!
Of course, there’s something far more sinister going on here. There’s an unexplained reason the ship’s young crew is losing all inhibitions. What are they drinking to make them act like this and why? Their real mission, unbeknownst to them, seems to be about exploring humanity’s primal instincts.
Written and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist), joining Farrell are: Tye Sheridan (X-Men, Ready Player One), Lily-Rose Depp (Savage), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Chanté Adams (Roxanne, Roxanne), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones), Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), Archie Madekwe (Midsommar), Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets), and Madison Hu (Bizaardvark).
That’s a pretty good crew to take a trip with, whether while watching a movie or for real. Whether you’d be more interested in a Voyagers-like trip or an actual colonization mission is really your own business though.
Voyagers comes to theaters April 9.