Saturday At The Movies: The Colony

Remember a few weeks ago I was saying how much I liked apocalyptic films? Well, I’ve got a great one for you (and me, thankfully), that is actually not totally out of the realm of possibility. Eternal snow? Survival of the fittest? Laurence Fishburne? Bill Paxton? If any of that sounds appealing, you definitely have to see the Canadian sci-fi flick, The Colony, which hit DVD and Blu-ray this past week. Check out the trailer below and then read on after the jump!

ColonyIn The Colony, the world has frozen over because of the use of weather machines that have malfunctioned. Various pockets of humanity have formed in colonies, keeping in touch by radio means. Colony 7 receives a distress signal from Colony 5, so leader Briggs (Fishburne) takes a team to find out what’s gone wrong.

I’d seen the trailer for The Colony a few times in theatres and I was actually quite anxious to see the film. Having Fishburne and Bill Paxton on board definitely gave it some solid sci-fi cred. For whatever reason, the film didn’t get a wide release, which is unfortunate since it’s one of the better sci-fi/action films I’ve seen in a very long time.

Director Jeff Renfroe keeps the pace moving very well, and the revelation as to what is going on at Colony 5 is handled very well. It’s not gratuitous, but it’s still shocking. Meanwhile, seeing Fishburne and Paxton chew some scenery together is very cool – this may not be a high profile, Hollywood flick, but these two deliver the acting goods, as does Kevin Zegers as Sam, the hero of the film.

The Colony looks big budget and delivers the goods in a way that a lot of summer blockbusters didn’t this year. The potential for a sequel is there, and it has its own mythology in place. Hopefully it finds its audience now, as it is absolutely deserving of one.

Highly recommended.

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