We all have been fascinated by the mysteries of outer space and the possibilities of life on any distant planet. Screenwriter-director Kjersti Helen Rasmussen’s “VOYAGER” is a beautiful short film that furthers the idea that we are not alone in the universe.
While this has been the subject in many other feature-length movies, this Norwegian short film is indeed a good watch as it leaves us wanting for more, and that’s a great achievement.
The film starts with the mention of one of the greetings sent out by the Voyager mission in 1977: “Friends of Space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come and visit us if you have time.” Back to the present time, in the next scene, a shooting star falls over the Arctic Island of Svalbard and then the Global Seed Vault gets an unexpected visitor.
What is likable about the film is that it never tries to be over-dramatic in narration or the portrayal of extraterrestrial beings, but at the same time it has its elements of horror by pushing forward the possibilities. And, when we have that many questions on our very existence, our fascination for the unknown makes the very idea realistic.
Nevertheless, even the famous physicist Stephen Hawking was one of the most outspoken critics of the idea to communicate with intelligent species outside Earth, as according to him, reaching out to advanced civilizations could put humanity in a risky situation. The way the short film “VOYAGER” ends suggests the same concern.
Watch “VOYAGER” on the science-fiction content channel DUST
Anyways, “VOYAGER” is indeed a good short film for its concept and the way it was shot from the vast, snowy mountains to the clinical setup in the global seed vault.
“VOYAGER” credits and more
Screenwriter/Director: Kjersti Helen Rasmussen
Runtime: 8 minutes
Producer: Njal Arne Lambrechts – Blinkfilm
Cast: Enok Groven, Siv Torin Knudsen Petersen, Oliander Taule
DOP / Editor: Sjur Aarthun
Release Date: 2017