Futuristic zombies or feral cannibals? “The Colony” leaves us to make our minds up for ourselves in post apocalyptic 2047.
Global warming has panicked the people on Earth to the point where they have begun altering the climate using gigantic weather transitioning machines; but instead of achieving the results they desire, the experiment end results in an “ice age” which causes all surviving humans to live in underground colonies. Colony 7 is one such compound where the survivors must grow their own food and live by a strict set of rules which include the banishment or execution of anyone who gets sick (make sure you get your flu shot). Briggs (Lawrence Fishburne), is the empathic leader of the colony who tries to tone down a sadistic executioner by the name of Mason (Bill Paxson). Anytime someone sneezes, Mason is quick to quarantine, test, and then shoot. But Briggs has bigger fish to fry now. Colony 5, another survivor’s compound, is not responding to contact and now a rescue squad must be sent out to see what has happened.
Briggs, Sam (Kevin Zegars), and some other guy (doesn’t really matter who he is), volunteer to make the trek to Colony 5, and when they reach their destination they find a room full of carved up bodies that will apparently serve as fodder for what we are told are “feral cannibals.” But wait, these feral cannibals are slumbering around, eating people, and doing great zombie impersonations. Who are they, and will the make a soufflé of our protagonists? Give me a break: either you are a zombie or you’re not. Thumbs down for these wanna-be zombies.
Have a Happy Halloween, but don’t catch cold.
My Rating: 2 of 5 Feral Cannibals.