What then happens when the worst parts of human nature slip into this barren scenario? What happens to the mission when this young crew begins to need stimulation? When they discover carnal desires? Travelers, like a modern-day Lord of the Flies among the stars, ask questions about our ability to be selfless for the sake of a future we will never see.
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In a chat with Voyagers director Neil Burger, IGN learned a bit more about the characters in the film and some of the central themes at work in this story of intergalactic paranoia. “For me, the movie is about human nature in a vacuum,” Burger explained. “Who are we deep down, in our essence. Are we good? Are we bad? Do we want well? Are we predators?”
Although the original mission plan at Voyagers was to have the children travel unsupervised, Colin Farrell’s Richard made some adjustments. “Richard is the behavioral psychologist who is really their only contact while they are still on Earth,” said Burger, “and he becomes so connected with them that he argues that he has to go with them. He doesn’t want to. not do it. let them. And in a way, that’s the downfall of the trip because even if he does it with the best of intentions, he’s kind of a fly in the ointment. “
Yes, despite his common sense, Richard keeps some secrets. One is the secret ingredient in the Crew’s Blue Tinted Drink. “Richard brings with him some knowledge that they are not meant to have and they are able to sense his deception. He isn’t lying, per se, but he doesn’t tell them everything. For their own good, that’s his opinion. . He is pure kindness, which is a rare thing for any authority figure in a movie. “
Christopher de Tye Sheridan and Zac de Fionn Whitehead are two crew members who begin to suspect that they are being experienced. “They started out as brothers, or soul mates in a way,” Burger said. “They have an innate rebellion and feel like all is not well on the ship. They have a certain type of challenge. But I think Christopher has a harder time with that. He has more of a moral center than that. Zac has a really big appetite for life – and for fun – and when they quit the blue drink, they’ve set their sights on the same young woman (Sela from Lily-Rose Depp) and it becomes this age-old conflict story. It’s about power and control and none of them ever had any control. It creates a wedge between them all. “
“Sela herself is someone who in a way is trying to figure out her place in the universe,” Burger added. “She doesn’t know why these guys are competing with each other. Or if she does, she doesn’t care. She isn’t thirsty for power.”
As tension builds aboard the star cruiser, the increasingly emotional crew find themselves trapped in some sort of all-white clinical prison, their sterile surroundings juxtaposing violence seething beneath the surface. “I wanted to make the ship very real and based on some models of interplanetary travel, and not be a fantasy. You know, not to be a mall in space. I almost think it’s an underwater movie. and that they are just confined to this place. “
“There is just enough of them to sustain life and support them on their journey,” he continued. “I wanted to design it in the most minimal way to highlight the reality of space travel. I also wanted to focus on human nature and create this very simple look with white walls and these very narrow little compartments connected to these hallways. There is nothing flashy about it. It was to make it all look like a laboratory. As if they were lab rats in a maze. “
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Here in 2021, the idea of going mad in a confined space in quarantine takes on new meaning. Burger, who wrote Voyagers a few years ago and finished production on the project at the end of 2019, found the film to be even more relevant after the year has passed. “I was writing an uplifting tale about fear and fear and leaders manipulating the truth to get what they want, which then results in mob violence,” he said. “So in addition to the containment aspects, there’s also this feeling of what happened after the election with the insane violence in Washington and how everything was fueled. Suddenly that came to the front as well.”
Despite scientists’ attempts to prevent it, the young Voyagers crew find themselves facing the same existential crucibles as everyone else. As Burger explained, “Why should we do this? We’re all going to die in the end anyway? Why shouldn’t we do what we want, when we want? These characters will never see the planet. They are laying groundwork for a different generation and how can you figure that out and how can you be okay with that? And on a purely daily basis why should i treat my neighbor with respect? Why should i be wise?”
“In a way, they develop their culture. They grew up without a culture. You can think of them as pure humans, in a way. It’s like they’re all natural and not nourished. They cultivate this. team but in In order not to miss the great outdoors, the sunlight and the different relationships, they raise them in this similar framework to the place where they will live and travel. They have no cultural background. They create their own. story now. it will be taught to others. “
Voyagers will premiere in theaters on April 9.