Vesper (2022) Movie Review

Vesper – Movie Review

Vesper

Director: Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper

Writer: Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper, Brian Clark (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: Struggling to survive with her father after the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, 13-year-old Vesper must use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Vesper starts as we dive into a bleak future, one where most of the population has been wiped out. The remaining survivors must use the limited resources to survive. Vesper (Chapman) cares for her sick father Darius (Brake) outside of the settlement run by Darius’ brother Jonas (Marsan).

When a stranger from the Citadel crash lands near Vesper’s home, she takes Camellia (McEwen) in. this gives Vesper the hopes of being accepted into the Citadel, where her knowledge could help restart the population.

Verdict on Vesper

Characters

Vesper is a teenager living in this difficult land, she cares for her sick father. She has connections to the local settlement, ones she uses to help find a solution to the ecological problems the world has. Vesper has been creating new plants that could help society but only in secret, she wants to get to a Citadel to further her research.

Camellia is a survivor of a wreckage discovered by Vesper. She was searching for another Citadel and promises to take Vesper with her. Camellia has another secret that could help Vesper with her research.

Jonas runs the local settlement, with Vesper being his niece. He has battled to keep his people safe for years and makes them do difficult decisions. Jonas gets suspicious of Vesper but his loyalty to his brother stops him from pushing things too far.

Darius is Vesper’s bed-bound father, he communicates through a device when she goes on adventures. He guides her through life, helping her through the challenges she faces.

Performances

Raffiella Chapman is wonderful in the leading role, exploring with brains and fight in her. She shows a caring nature and determination to solve the world’s problems. Eddie Marsan as a villain always works, giving a well-spoken and sinister tone of his voice. Rosy McEwen completes the main cast and shines just as well as the others.

Story

The story follows a teenager in a dystopian world who must protect her father while searching for resources. She has connections with a local settlement but a stranger changes the relationship between everyone.

This is a very good story, it creates an amazing bleak dystopian world without going into the change happening. We see how they survive, and the struggles they face while keeping remnants of improved technology. It creates people that want to drive change to improve the world and the battle they face to achieve this.

This does only feel like the beginning of a much bigger story and while this is entertaining. You can’t help but feel like we could have seen a lot more from a longer formatted idea.

Themes

Vesper creates a bleak dystopian world that is beautiful to see, the fog and misty create such a unique atmosphere. The world feels like it has been lost and unlike ‘Oblivion’ it doesn’t make it feel freshly lost. This is a world you want to return to and believe it could have many more secrets hidden out there.

Where to Watch: Vesper is in cinemas and on-demand on 21 October

Final ThoughtsVesper is a bleak, beautiful dystopian movie with plenty left to explore.

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