Is there life on Mars? Yes, and it looks well worth exploring too if the new film Settlers is anything to go by.

Go back thirty years or so and science fiction, from Blade Runner to Total Recall, would have you believe that life colonising another planet would be exciting, even utopian. (Granted, we distinctly recall the grisly fate of the colonists in 1986’s Aliens, but that doesn’t fit with our theory so we’re politely ignoring it.)

However, fashions change and what we’re seeing in the trailer for Settlers is a more nuanced take on post-Earth colonialism. Written and directed by Wyatt Rockefeller, Settlers looks like an intriguing thriller, set amid the remote fastness of the red planet.

The film is set to release on July 23rd in the US, courtesy of IFC Films, but there’s no UK release date confirmed as yet. We’ll let you know when we hear one though. In the meantime, do check out the trailer below.

And finally for now, the official synopsis too…

On a remote homestead amongst the Martian frontier, a refugee family from Earth clings to hope for a better life. But when strangers appear in the surrounding hills and attempt to run them off, nine-year-old Remmy (Brooklynn Prince, THE FLORIDA PROJECT) is faced with the desperate reality her mother (Sofia Boutella, THE MUMMY) and father (Jonny Lee Miller, TRAINSPOTTING) have tried so hard to keep from her.

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