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Voyagers

It's a familiar trope: Earth is in peril. A new planet is necessary for survival but it takes a long time to get there. In "Voyagers," it's 86 years to get there. Even though it's a sci-fi movie, human longevity is not part of the mix. So, some designer test-tube babies, courtesy of the donations of MIT and other top schools, are sent into space. The genius babies are given a little blue drink to dampen their feelings to make them laser-focused on learning how to operate the spaceship, eventually make more babies and help colonize another planet. That's right. The fate of mankind lies in the hands of teens and just one adult (Colin Farrell) who's guaranteed not to get to the final destination. But they're geniuses, so it's no surprise that they discover the reality of their existence and the blue juice stops flowing. Since they are teens, the hormones are flowing in overdrive and they have no boundaries.

Specifically, actor Fionn Whitehead is chief amongst them, with a devilishly aggressive performance as the main antagonist. They're the last ones you want in charge when an interstellar accident occurs. This film has been compared to "Lord of the Flies," but there are doses of Kurt Wimmer's "Equilibrium." Though highly stylized and watchable, it was about more than mere teenage angst over if you'll get asked the prom. It never rises far above a film that held more promise than that.

This film is being released in theaters only at this time.

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