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Settlers Reviews

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November 24, 2021
It is a watchable film, but it begs for patience - not just for the plot but for its writer/director's inexperience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 13, 2021
It's a film without villains, only deluded or deceptive men, and it ends in a ferocious stalemate that counters the Biblical view of a man's duty to settle and dominate a bleak land.
August 12, 2021
It's a sombre affair that even a helpful WALL-E-type droid can't lighten, but the mystery is teased out enticingly thanks to ambient mood music from Nitin Sawhney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2021
[It] seems like it was an idea that was originally conceived as a short film, but somehow it got stretched into dull junk that trudges to an unsurprising and lackluster end ... There are plenty of better and more memorable movies about life on Mars.
July 30, 2021
When it comes to envisioning and creating a tangible world, Setters is terrifically seducive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 30, 2021
There is life on Mars and it's a godawful small affair, according to this determinedly sombre sci-fi film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2021
Settlers may well appeal to those who prefer their science fiction a bit more grounded and thoughtful but the film's glacial pace and lack of momentum suck the life out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2021
Everything feels derivative and there's no real narrative heft to cling on to.
July 29, 2021
Above all, what sets this production apart from the rest is its unflinchingly honest and bleak view of the human condition.
July 28, 2021
Settlers isn't perfect: some of the storytelling beats aren't hit as clearly as they could have been. But it's a quietly impressive piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2021
The power of suggestion is always a plus, but the film maintains a frustrating minimalist tack, with a lack of specificity that leaves its larger themes to dissipate into the expanse.
July 26, 2021
There might be slightly more beneath the surface than a Virgin Galactic rocket or Amazon-funded BezosShip in this drama, but it's hard to find gold within when there's nothing inside but inert red dust all around.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 26, 2021
Cordova has to navigate an incredibly tight channel to bring all of this across, and while he isn't entirely successful, watching him make the attempt is still frequently exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2021
Breathtaking and visually stylish with decent, moving performances, but unimaginative, underwhelming and, ultimately, forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.895128/10
July 24, 2021
At first, Settlers is intriguingly atmospheric, but the film's lack of concrete detail eventually becomes needlessly frustrating for viewers.
July 24, 2021
A provocative work of speculative fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2021
Settlers is so bare in world-building details that its characters float untethered, and a major mid-film reveal seems like a narrative shortcut.
July 23, 2021
It has all of the human drama. It has the stress and the tension and the emotion, but it doesn't give any of the backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2021
Amid the bleak landscape and oppressive circumstances, some intriguing character dynamics drive this deliberately paced science-fiction drama.
July 23, 2021
Ultimately, though, Settlers is more about setting a mood and painting a picture of hopelessness than explaining what happened before the story...it feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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