Movie Monday – The Colony

From the brief summary on RedboxThe Colony sounded right up our alley:

As an endless winter engulfs Earth, humans struggle to survive in remote underground outposts. When Colony 7 receives a distress call from a nearby settlement, Sam and Briggs race through the snow on a dangerous rescue mission. What they find at the desolate base could mean mankind’s salvation-or its total annihilation. Terrifying discoveries will unfold that will change the rules of survival forever. 

Yes, it is yet another post-apocalyptic survival story but that’s the kind of thing that interests us so we thought we’d check it out. It has a lot of good qualities, some solid performances, and decent effects and visual elements. The story has some flaws, that we picked apart the following day, but it was sound enough while viewing to carry us along at a good pace with all the right amounts of tension and suspense. We were kept guessing as long as we were meant to and once certain things were revealed the scare factor still remained for other reasons. It’s a little gory for my taste; I did look away a few times. All things considered, we thought the movie was pretty good, until the end. And then I was just annoyed and disappointed. Another reviewer has said that it “felt like half a movie.” I would agree in the sense that the way they chose to end the film cut off one of the plot elements abruptly, with no resolution. Such a waste. Why even include that angle to the story if you’re just going to leave viewers hanging? It’s not like they are going to make a sequel. It’s not that good. (No spoilers here. Sorry. 🙂 ) So, while I can appreciate some qualities of this movie, I am left unable to give it a rave review because it could have been so much more.

It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.
~ Charles Darwin

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