First Glance: “Settlers”

I love the look of IFC Midnight’s “Settlers”, a mysterious science-fiction Western that packs quite a bit into a trailer that runs just under two minutes. It’s the first feature for writer-director Wyatt Rockefeller and it had its world premiere a few days ago at the Tribeca Film Festival. The premise alone is full of potential and the film’s unique embrace of several cool genres has me intrigued.

The story follows a family of four who have settled on an isolated patch of the Martian frontier. We learn they left Earth in search of something better, but you can’t help but believe there is more to the story. One day a mysterious stranger shows up with an ominous revelation, “This place doesn’t belong to you.” He refuses to leave leading to a tense and uneasy situation. The film stars Sofia Boutella, Nell Tiger Free, Jonny Lee Miller, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Natalie Walsh, and Brooklynn Prince.

“Settlers” releases July 23rd in theaters and on VOD. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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