Global warming, good intentions, and the scariest snow-men this side of Frosty off his meds make for a fun, but underwhelming thriller in director Jeff Renfroe's "The Colony."
When the planet got too warm, people wore shirts, tank tops and built skyscraper sized machines to change the weather. Mother Nature thanked its homo sapien tenants by plunging the Earth into another ice age. The lucky few survivors set up camp in giant underground bunkers. One such colony is led by Briggs (Laurence Fishburne), who leads a small expedition to investigate a distress call by a nearby colony. Bill Paxton is his old friend, but has gone off the deep end, seeing fit to kill any colony citizen showing a sign of sickness. You can just smell a frosty mutiny about to happen.
Upon arriving at the colony, Briggs, along with the idealistic Sam (Kevin Zegers) and the teenage Graydon (Atticus Dean Mitchell), discover what happen to the besieged colony and before you can say World War Ice, they're hightailing it back to warn the others, where they're in for a rude awakening.
Writer/director Jeff Renfroe deftly spins an enjoyable post apocalyptic yarn about how humans are their own worst enemies. Set in a constant blizzard state, "The Colony" doesn't try to be more than what it is. Humans are desperate and fighting for survival from both the elements and even crazier humans. Shot in an abandoned NORAD station, Renfroe capitalizes on the location by seizing on the claustrophobic elements and the Call of Duty heart skipping anticipation of whats around the next corner.
The only knock on the movie is Jeff Renfroe didn't put a little more thought into the villains. They're little more than mindless marauders with questionable dieting habits. Leaning on faux zombie gore is fun for the first few minutes, but then it gets old quick. A movie this fun to watch deserved a little bit better and so did the audience.
"The Colony" Not Rated. Running Time: 94 minutes. In limited release.