It’s a rather quiet week on the movie front — not a Kong or Godzilla to be found. Among the highest-profile entries is Netflix’s “Thunder Force,” a superhero comedy with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. You can’t argue with those two leads, but the film wasn’t available in time for us to review. And there’s Lionsgate’s futuristic “Voyagers” with Tye Sheridan and Colin Farrell (see below).
Meanwhile, there are some new indie releases that are not to be missed.
Here’s our rundown.
“Voyagers”: Director/writer Neil Burger must have loved his high school English assignment to read “Lord of the Flies,” because he’s done a fine job of cutting and pasting the classic tale it into his teen space/sex odyssey “Voyagers.” His film orbits the same power-tripping themes but it settles for PG-13 tameness when it should have gone for an R. “Voyagers” brings up issues like repressed lust and power but doesn’t do enough with them. Berger sets his rather obvious space opera some 40 years in the future. Earth is dying so a mission takes off for another world to colonize. But here’s the hitch: It’ll take 86 years to get to there, meaning this crew will be dead before they land. So our intrepid space travelers have the dirty job of procreating and raising children. When the crew members discover they’re being sedated, rebellion ensues, with a parent-like commander (Colin Farrell) the key target for their outrage. Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp play two more principled voyagers who fall for each other while the two sides form around them. The story is all over the map, and “Voyagers” never capitalizes on its intriguing premise. Details: 2 stars out of four, in select theaters April 9).