The Colony (2013)

Posted: October 25, 2013 in Joe Giambrone
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Uninspired

This dismal, snow globe version of Ghosts of Mars lacks a solid foundation.  The villains are one-dimensional feral, screaming savages, and their entire contingent manages to utter one word of dialogue over the entire film.  At least in Ghosts they were terrifying freaks with some sense of style.

This film seems to lack a third act, ending abruptly after two.  It also fails to develop strong characters apart from some obligatory checklist stuff.  The lead starts off on a decent enough path, only to end up jumping instantly into mindless brutality.

Add to that CGI effects from 90s video games.  I was sort of stunned they had created such a cheesy 3D colony above the snow.  Many of the sequences lack the visceral quality of being somewhere real, and it is quite obvious they shot in green screen studios.

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The Colony’s end message, however, irked me.  We’re all monsters.  All cannibal savages under a thin veneer.  Yeah, yeah.  Couldn’t have done any more soul searching than that?  All in all a waste of time, nothing to see here.

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