DVD Review: THE COLONY

PrintE-mail Written by Paul Mount

Review: The Colony / Cert: 15 / Director: Jeff Renfroe / Screenplay: Jeff Renfroe, Svet Rouskov, Patrick Tarr, Pascal Trottier / Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers / Release Date: January 20th

Grim times ahead for the human race in this agreeable, if derivative, Canadian sci-fi thriller set in the year 2045. Huge weather machines built to control the planet’s climate have gone to pot and the world is plunged into a new Ice Age, survivors of an ensuing flu-like plague are forced to live in underground bunkers to escape the bone-numbing cold. Colony 7 receives a distress message from the nearby Colony 5 and sends a three-man expedition across the devastated surface to investigate. But when they arrive at Colony 5 they find hope – the promise that the weather machines can be fixed and that there’s already a ‘hotspot’ out there – and despair in the form of rabid cannibals (let’s not call them zombies) who have overrun the colony and munched on the survivors. The Colony 7 group blow up the entrance to the Colony 5 bunker and head home… but the cannibals are in hot (or rather ice cold) pursuit.

If there’s really nothing new under the sun then there’s not much new on the ice in The Colony either, but despite its paucity of original ideas and its paper-thin characters, there’s a commendable sense of scale and ambition in this visually impressive Canadian effort. Some of its frozen landscape sequences are breathtaking – deserted, snow-swept cities, shattered bridges, half-buried installations – and there’s a real sense of ordeal and discomfort as Colony 7’s little expedition, led by Lawrence Fishburn’s Briggs, toil through the snow on their mission of mercy. Some genuine excitement too in their battles with the ravenous cannibals, although the sense of desperation and ruthlessness built up in the first act – Bill Paxton’s Mason callously shoots anyone he suspects may be carrying the lethal infection – fades away in the irresistible descent into shooting and fighting at the climax.

Ambitious, action-packed and chillingly well-realised – you’ll want to ramp up the central heating, kids – The Colony isn’t perfect, but it’s perfectly entertaining and, more importantly, it’s proof that you really don’t need an inflated Hollywood budget to create a halfway decent lo-fi sci-fi spectacle.

Extras: TBC


Suggested Articles:
It’s a century and a half after mankind has declared God dead, and hell has frozen over. Or rather
Okay… what was that? Fallen is based on Lauren Kate’s best-selling book series and is the latest
Adapted by Patrick Ness from his own universally acclaimed bestselling novel, A Monster Calls centre
Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up disorientated and groggy inside a hibernation pod, a hologram (Na
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

THE WINTER SOLDIER (AKA 2307: WINTER’S DREAM) 25 April 2017

FALLEN 25 April 2017

A MONSTER CALLS 25 April 2017

PASSENGERS 25 April 2017

1990 SERIES ONE 24 April 2017

THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE 23 April 2017

PERFORMANCE 23 April 2017

NISEKOI SEASON 2 23 April 2017

THE HUNGER 23 April 2017

MIDNIGHT SUN 23 April 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner