Look lets be honest we have all seen horror take a turn towards human violence in the past year. Home invasion movies are more popular than ever and now there seems to be a trend of films involving cannibalism. The new film from director Jeff Renfroe The Colony stars Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers. The film involves a future that has lead us back into the ice age and all the remaining survivors live in underground colonies. The colonies stay in contact with each other via radio but when a nearby colony does not answer the call a small group goes to investigate. What they find is worse than anything they have encountered so far and they must now really fight to survive.
There were tons of things that I liked about The Colony. Yes it reminded me of many a sci fi horror involving cold weather but this film stand by itself. The cast is phenomenal and the execution of their roles is flawless. Fishburne and Paxton are legends in this industry and show they still can produce valuable roles to this day. The star was obviously Zegers as he carried most of the movie and did an amazing job doing so. Paxton does a great job being the antagonist of the colony as he is given the hardest job. If a member of the colony becomes sick they could infect them all. They are suppose to be given a choice to walk to their death or be shot. Paxton’s character Mason feels its not necessary to allow the option to remain. We all know Paxton can play a good bad guy and it’s reminded to us in the first 10 minutes of the film. The Colony is a violent and gritty movie from the start and never really lets down. What people must do to survive these conditions is a task in itself but add an angry mob of starving people that have resorted to cannibalism and you have something special here.
No zombies or anything of the sort here. The men and women remind me more of the creatures from films like Omega Man and I am Legend. Really they have turned this way out of desperation which makes the film more real. The Colony clocks in at around 95 mins so don’t expect any parts to drag in this movie. If anything I would have loved for more on the life of the colony dwellers and all the advancements they have made but you get the picture.
The only thing I disliked about the film is what I feel many will. Even with a solid cast and decent story line what will hurt The Colony is your really don’t get to see anything develop from these creatures. Who knows where they came from but I just assume they were survivors from nearby that resorted to cannibalism after losing all their resources. I felt it made the monsters a little thin in regards to character development but didn't hurt the film for me overall. I think many will be pleasantly surprised by The Colony. It’s not groundbreaking but has enough good things to be a solid horror movie. I will always be a fan of movies that don’t beat around the bush and throw you straight into the fire. The Colony does that from the start and never lets go. If you have a chance to see The Colony this weekend I suggest you do as it’s another horror movie that fits right along with slew of great horror that has been released this year!
The Colony debuts in limited theaters today. The Colony is directed by Jeff Renfroe. Written by Jeff Renfroe, Patrick Tarr, Pascal Trottier, Svet Rouskov. It stars Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne,and Bill Paxton. The Colony has a running time of 95 mins and is being distributed by RLJ Entertainment Inc. Look for my interview with the director of The Colony Jeff Renfroe later this weekend.