Staring: Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton
Director: Jeff Renfroe
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Distributor: RLJ Entertainment
In Theaters: April 26, 2013
On Video: October 15, 2013
In the year 2045, after global warming has gotten out of control, weather machine technology is used to cool the Earth. Then one day it starts to snow, and doesn’t stop. A group of survivors living in an underground community are harvesting fruit and vegetable seeds to be preserved in the hopes that after the snow stops some day, they can rebuild life with the seeds they’ve stored. A cold or flu bug infects the community and people are given a choice of being exiled into the frozen tundra or taking a bullet. Briggs, the leader of the group, is not happy how Mason, essentially the head of security is handling things when he takes away one of the sick survivors choice and shoots him rather than letting him chose exile. After receiving an SOS from another nearby colony of survivors, Briggs, Sam and Graydon traverse the frozen land to try to offer help. Upon arrival, they discover the colony has been decimated by a pack of feral, cannibalistic humans. They also discover that one of the previously used weather machines is up and running and has created a pocket of snow-free land which is a blessing to humanity. After confronting the cannibals, they escape but the cannibals follow them back to their home colony. That group then works together to escape from the cannibals and venture to find the area of good weather.
What I Like About It
I have to be brutally honest, there is really very little that I actually liked about The Colony. I do like however Laurence Fishburne, he has had some fantastic roles such as The Matrix and Predators, but he has also had some real garbage roles such as Biker Boyz and The Colony. Laurence makes a great leader figure, he has the charisma, the presence and the demeanor, but the story, the character, the script, it was just all really hokey and felt cheap. I also like Bill Paxton, I loved him in Twister and especially in Big Love. But again, this role was basically the paranoid man in a position of power with a gun. Some of the visuals were ok, but everything just felt very CGI with the sheer volumes of snow, which I understand because obviously these massive landscapes with that level of snow doesn’t exist, but it just felt like a cheap Syfy sci-fi flick.
What I Didn’t Like About It
There are a wide variety of things that I didn’t like, considering several of them were listed above in what I did like about it. But to be very specific other than just saying “I didn’t like the movie as a whole”, which I didn’t, but one of the biggest issues was the cannibals. It was never really addressed as to who they were, where they came from, any of that. When the trio are traveling across the frozen land, the snow seems to be several stories deep in some areas, however when they get to the lone bridge, it appears as though it had gotten barely any snow on it at all. Now, I understand that there could be some logic here in saying that the wind blew it off, blah blah blah, but the bottom line is that it was hokey. The bridge ends up being a pretty pivotal part of the story, but still, it has no snow on it! The cannibals have a bordering on zombie way about them, being relatively mindless, only wanting to kill and feed. They never communicate outside of yelling or screaming. Some of them wear masks and helmets, yet the clear leader of the group doesn’t wear so much as a hate, yet manages to travel across the tundra with no damage to his head or face from being exposed the entire time. Another thing I didn’t like was how terrible shots the survivors are and how poorly they deal with shooting the attacking cannibals… SHOOT THEM IN THE HEAD, one bullet, done.
All in All
I didn’t like The Colony at all, I honestly almost shut it off after about 45 minutes. If you are a big fan of ice age type sci-fi movies, than you very well may enjoy this. If not, don’t waste your time.