A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie focuses on the importance of protecting family. Though there is a sense of powerlessness that runs throughout and a feeling that good behavior does not always triumph over bad.
Positive Role Models
Ilsa and Reza are kind and loving and shown to do everything possible to protect their family. Their daughter Remy is smart and brave and stoically sticks to her beliefs, but can also be stubborn. An outsider, Jerry, is forceful and violent, but also shows moments of kindness.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are threatened with guns and machetes, and shot and stabbed to death, with bloody injuries and dead bodies shown. A pig is killed off-screen and a message written in its blood. A scene involves sexual threat including physical restraints and the intention to rape, though this is not carried out. Characters fall unconscious due to lack of oxygen and head injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss on two occasions. Character is seen topless from behind in the shower.
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Occasional language includes "f--k" and "f--king."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters -- including one who is underage -- drink a small amount of homemade alcohol from a hip flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Settlers is a slow-burning and unsettling sci-fi about a family that has settled on Mars with strong threat throughout and some bloody violence. The importance of family is a prominent theme as parents Ilsa (Sofia Boutella) and Reza (Johnny Lee Miller) strive their best to both educate and protect their daughter Remmy (Brooklynn Prince, and later Nell Tiger Free). The violence includes shootings and stabbings, often resulting in bloody injuries and even death. In one distressing scene, a character is restrained and threatened with rape. Set on Mars, the landscape is stark with much of the movie being still and quiet before erupting into threatening and violent scenes. There is occasional strong language, including variants of "f--k." Characters -- including one who is underage -- drink alcohol from a hip flask, but none are seen drunk. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite being mostly bleak and slow-burning, Wyatt Rockefeller's debut feature keeps the tension high and manages to illicit a sense of dread around every corner of the stark, claustrophobic setting. Though the landscape in Settlers appears to stretch out for miles, with nothing on the horizon but scorched rock, there's a constant sense that it is slowly closing in, bringing with it impending doom.
Prince, who was universally lauded for her breakthrough debut, The Florida Project, shows the same phenomenal talent here, stealing every scene with a magnetic presence far beyond her 11 years. Game of Thrones' Free takes up the mantel as older Remmy with ease later in the movie, offering a stoic elegance in the face of Ismael Cruz Cordova's brutish yet slightly ungraspable Jerry. Relying heavily on familiar genre ideas -- although happily so in the case of adorable Wall-E-style robot Steve -- and following a fairly predictable narrative, the movie doesn't particularly explore new frontiers. But what it does, it does well, cranking up the tension throughout and giving Prince's show-stealing performance plenty of oxygen to breathe.
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