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The Colony (2013)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 20 September 2013 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Jeff Renfroe

Writers:

Jeff Renfroe (screenplay), Svet Rouskov (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Zegers ... Sam
Laurence Fishburne ... Briggs
Bill Paxton ... Mason
Charlotte Sullivan ... Kai
Dru Viergever ... Feral Leader
Atticus Mitchell ... Graydon
John Tench ... Viktor
Lisa Berry ... Nara
Lucius Hoyos ... Rowan
Kimberly-Sue Murray ... Janelle
Michael Mando ... Cooper
Helen Taylor Helen Taylor ... Amanda
Romano Orzari ... Reynolds
John Healy ... Dexter
Kristin Shepherd ... Elena
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Storyline

Groups of people - colonies - are forced underground due to another ice age. Colony 7 goes to check on Colony 5, which they lost contact with. When they get there they find that the colony has fallen and there is a whole new enemy that they have to face on their way back. Written by James Medeiros

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When the earth froze, the rules of survival changed forever. See more »


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kolonija See more »

Filming Locations:

North Bay, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$321,310
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Has three actors who have appeared in films with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Laurence Fishburne appeared in 'Red Heat' (1988), Bill Paxton appeared in 'True Lies' (1994) and Terminator (1984) and Kevin Zegers is set to appear in '478' (2016). See more »

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If it were indeed cold enough to maintain almost constant snow, ice and cold as well as glaciers, then it would be too cold for the cannibals to travel far in without proper winter gear or head coverings. Hypothermia can set in within 30 minutes and the distance back to The Colony seems to be measured in dozens of miles. See more »

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Sam: Viktor! Fall back!
Viktor: No! No more running!
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A flawed but nonetheless watchable flick for genre fans◆≈≈5.4/10≈≈◆
2 September 2013 | by Thrill_KillZSee all my reviews

Looking at director Jeff Renfroe, he's a capable and talented director who I know from his intriguing feature film debut "One Point O" in 2004, which was followed by the more widely known "Civic Duty" about two years later, also well received. After a long period out of the spotlight, I was delighted to see his name attached to "The Colony", a film with a seemingly sufficient budget of $16 million and an experienced, capable cast. I love these type of genre blends, the elements of overcoming not just nature, but humanity in order to survive extinction. When you've seen as many of these films as I have you come to expect familiar elements and a plot that is far from original, we're in an area now where nothing is new, where everything is borrowing from one film or another. For me the success of this film will undoubtedly depend on it's script, acting and effects, when all are done brilliantly, the plot originality can be somewhat sacrificed, unfortunately this film was eons away from brilliant. As we have seen many times before it's all about us versus them, against the elements of nature.

The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic era, where the remainder of Earth's inhabitants have been driven underground due to sustained sub- zero temperatures. The surface has become a frozen wasteland void of life. Out of the few that did survive, many died due to overcrowding, starvation and sickness. The film revolves around an underground colony of survivors whose numbers are dwindling because of rampant flu, consisting of roughly forty people responsible for growing food and storing seeds in hopes that the surface will again someday be capable of growing crops. It's a last ditch effort to preserve humanity against all odds, some of which they are not prepared to face, a new evil, far more dangerous than the frozen surface or flu.

The leader of colony seven is Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) , after receiving a distress call from colony five, he picks one member out of the group Sam (Kevin Zegers) to accompany him and another member Graydon (Atticus Dean Mitchell) volunteers to accompany them. What they find there is not at all what they expected. It's inhabitants have been decimated by a rogue group and as the film swiftly shifts into higher gears, it's no longer clear who, if anyone, will be able to survive what is coming.

The first thing that many may be quick to criticize will be the script, the lack of detail & explanation. Worse yet after the extended period of time it takes to inject any real fear or excitement into the story it has completely failed to engage the viewer by an utter lack of character development even after forty long minutes in. When the pace quickens the viewer becomes easily detached by the chaos that ensues, leaving the question behind "who should I be caring for & why". Personally I didn't mind the slow crawl in the film's beginning, it successfully laid down a solid foundation for the second half to launch from and it did with sustained intensity. It was in that intensity where the film seemed to lose its identity to some degree within the onslaught of the attack. Another thing that may put off some viewer's was a major lack of explanation as to how exactly humanity ended up in the ridiculous spot they were holding up in. Again many weak points in the script to be found all throughout the film. Nonetheless, there were some solid performances given by the cast and the cinematography was superb, having an actual decommissioned NORAD base to use as a set made for an absolutely perfect backdrop. Despite the aforementioned problems, the film still holds decent entertaining value, enough to meet my initial expectations for a direct to disc sci-fi flick. The end wasn't very reassuring, I would have preferred something less in the grey area. Although, as a whole, it was light years ahead of other recent more expansive films like "After Earth". Again, it had it's problems but it's still worth a VOD or Redbox pick for fans of the genre .


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