The Review: The Colony is a surprisingly little sci-fi chiller that manages to step outside it’s budgetary limitations, ably assisted by a great central premiss and a top notch cast.
The story: Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature.
Starring Laurence Fishburne and Biull Paxton, this movie is a mix between The Warriors, Mad Max, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. And lets face it, if your going to borrow from any movies they aren’t the worst ones by a long shot. Okay so in being similar to these films does mean that for the most part the movie doesn’t have that many great original ideas BUT actually that B-Movie familiarity just adds to the enjoyment.
What it lacks in original ideas, it makes up for in the films scope and look. The post apocalyptic frozen wasteland is superbly realised (bringing back memories of computer game Lost Planet) , with good convincing CGI for the films budget level. When the action kicks in it’s well handled and overall, whilst the script does run out of steam in the third act, you are left fully satisfied. It’s obvious that director Jeff Renfroe, who is usually conifer to smaller TV show budgets, enjoys the extra budget at play here and manages to ensure it all ends up on screen.
So overall, The Colony was actually one of my surprises for 2013 (I caught it at a Festival last year) , a year which promised so much and mostly delivered very little.
Action packed, scary & visually stunning… The Colony comes highly recommended.
Reviewed By: Phil Hobden
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