With a bit of spit and polish, SciFi can encompass comic ideas, dramatic ideas, horrific ideas ... practically anything a storyteller might need. It has no limits -- visually, aesthetically, thematically -- and consequently it can achieve great things on budgets big and small because what propels it is the ideas. (Well, that and great talent, of course.)
And distant frontiers have often been painted in palettes resembling our own past. These space-aged pioneers will no doubt encounter many of the same struggles our great-great-grandfathers and great-great-grandmothers did when they first crossed the plains, built a ranch, or plowed the land. Many SciFi films have benefitted from such comparison, and it looks like we've got one more that we can add to the list: 2021's Settlers. Here's the plot summary for the motion picture as provided by our friends at IMDB.com:
"Mankind's earliest settlers on the Martian frontier do what they must to survive the cosmic elements and each other."
I don't know about you folks, but this is one I missed when it apparently made the round in theaters. It looks like it launched its U.S. theatrical run in July of 2021 -- at the height of the dreaded COVID -- so perhaps it came and went pretty quickly. In any event, I'd received confirmation that it's heading to home video in February compliments of my friends in the distribution business, so I wanted to put up their announcement as a public service. I'll be doing the usual copy and paste below.
It definitely looks like a return to the days of the Old West in the aptly-titled Settlers. As is always the case, it looks like we humans are bringing our emotional baggage with us when we venture out into the stars.
God help us all.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!
Available on DVD & Blu-ray on February 15, 2022
SETTLERS is written and directed by Wyatt Rockefeller (shorts “Groomed” and “Entropy”), and stars Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Atomic Blonde), Ismael Cruz Cordova (“Berlin Station,” Mary Queen of Scots), Brooklynn Prince (“Home Before Dark,” The Florida Project), Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary,” Mindhunters), and Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones,” “Servant”). RLJE Films will release SETTLERS on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.96.
Mankind's earliest settlers on the Martian frontier, llsa (Sofia Boutella) and Reza (Johnny Lee Miller) inhabit a desolate farmstead with their child Remmy (Brooklynn Prince and Nell Tiger Free). They work the land and shield their daughter from the dangers of the harsh surroundings. When hostile intruders threaten to expel them from the compound the family is forced to fight to survive in this science-fiction thrill ride. “Settlers presents an intense and distressing story made even more uncomfortable by the stellar performances of its cast.” -- THN
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