We head back to the cinema this week for a look at little known Canadian science-fiction film, The Colony.
Set in the future, humanity has gone to ground after the world is engulfed in a new ice age. They survive in bunkers dotted across the land. The Colony is set in Colony 7. After receiving a distress message from another colony and no reply to their return transmissions, Sam (played by Kevin Zegers) convinces leader Briggs, (Lawrence Fishburne) that they should investigate. But once they arrive at the radio silent Colony 5, they find that all the occupants are dead.
Following a hasty getaway from a tribe of cannibals, they head back to Colony 7, only to discover they are being pursued. Sam does make it back but none of his fellow occupants believe him, especially not deputy leader, Mason (Bill Paxton). Sam and the others must then defend the colony against the blood thirsty cannibals.
I never heard about this film until it was aired on Netflix which I found strange considering it had two big stars in it. But some research online explained the reason why - it’s limited release. I am not sure why this film was shown in so few cinemas, given that it’s actually quite good.
Yes, it has its problems like silly plot holes and a lot of recycled ideas used in other films. That aside, the action is intense and the atmosphere is very dark in places. The blood and gore effects are also very well done considering this was a low budget project.
The Colony gets 6/10.