Settlers (film)

Settlers is a 2021 British science fiction thriller film written and directed by Wyatt Rockefeller.

Film poster
Directed byWyatt Rockefeller
Screenplay byWyatt Rockefeller
Produced by
  • Julie Fabrizio
  • Joshua Horsfield
  • Johan Kruger
  • Jason Mandl
  • Kenny Moleme
CinematographyWillie Nel
Edited byJohnny Daukes
Music byNitin Sawhney
  • Jericho Motion Pictures
  • Intake Films
  • Brittle Star Pictures
  • 42
Distributed byIFC Midnight
Release dates
  • 18 June 2021 (2021-06-18) (Tribeca)
  • 23 July 2021 (2021-07-23) (United Kingdom)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$29,183[2][3]

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 18 June 2021. It was released on 23 July 2021 in the United States by IFC Midnight.


A small family in a lonely outpost on Mars is attacked by bandits. One of the bandits, Jerry, survives and kills the family father. He attempts to integrate into the family, demanding thirty days to prove himself to the surviving mother Ilsa and child daughter Remmy. Over time, Ilsa seems to warm to him, but after thirty days, Ilsa tries to shoot him. She fails as the magazine of the gun that Jerry intentionally left was empty, and Jerry kills her in the ensuing struggle. Remmy, who resents Jerry's presence, grows sullen and spends much of her time with "Steve", a pet-like robot found in a storage unit. Remmy also discovers that their farm is within a large force field bubble that keeps breathable air inside. This makes clear that the bandits came from outside or another similarly shielded area.

Years pass, and Remmy, now a young woman, remains sullen and almost completely silent around Jerry. They have an argument over whether to have a child, and Remmy decides to run away, but Jerry stops her from doing so. He ties her up and attempts to rape her, but Steve blasts Jerry in the neck with its power-drilling attachment. Remmy frees herself and kills Jerry. Now alone, she decides to depart, leaving Steve to tend the outpost.



In April 2021, IFC Midnight acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[4] The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 18 June 2021.[5] It was released on 23 July 2021.[6][7]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 54% based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 6 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Settlers is serious to a fault, but viewers seeking a non-sensationalistic look at space colonization may find this a rewarding voyage."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[9]


  1. ^ "Settlers". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  2. ^ "Settlers (2021) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "Settlers (2021)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  4. ^ Lang, Brent (April 14, 2021). "'Settlers' With Sofia Boutella, Brooklynn Prince Sells to IFC Midnight (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Exclusive Premieres Announced For Tribeca At Home". Tribeca Film Festival. May 3, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  6. ^ Coggan, Devan (April 20, 2021). "Get a first look at Sofia Boutella and Brooklynn Prince in the sci-fi thriller Settlers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Film and TV Projects Going Into Production - Settlers". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on April 12, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Settlers (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  9. ^ "Critic Reviews for Settlers". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 27, 2021.

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