2013 / Director. Jeff Renfroe.
I have been eyeing off the poster art for THE COLONY for a while. I hadn't read much about the film though, and the imagery alone was enough to spike my interest. It's a post-apocalyptic film set during a new ice age. Humanity has been wiped out, with the exception of several sporadic communities who occupy small colonies. When one colony responds to a distress call from another they set out on a trek through the wintery wastelands of abandoned cities and decrepit structures. It's an awesome looking film and visually inspiring. Most of the interiors were shot in an abandoned aerospace facility in the Toronto, which lends the movie a huge amount of authenticity... but it's the exterior shots that captured my imagination. Using a combination of location shoots, sound-stages and chromakey THE COLONY sets itself apart from the usual formula flick. The SFX are wonderful, inspired and creative and never dodgy. I didn't know what to expect from the film but I do admit that I was hoping for something adventurous... and so it was a little disappointing when the story took a more generic zombie-like turn. Having said that, the movie resists most cliches and doesn't overstay it's welcome. When the violence kicks in, it's nasty. One particular kill had me clapping my hands with glee. This film is swift, engaging and visually stunning and promises a good time. The cast is solid too with Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton lending their talent. Paxton is nicely restrained and doesn't ham it up the way he so often does. What impressed me the most was the final act. Going against the Hollywood norm, THE COLONY wraps things up very quickly and doesn't push for a sappy ending. This film was not what I was expecting but passed the grade with flying colours. Good fun.