Laurence Fishburne stars in a new sci-fi film entitled: The Colony. This new movie revolves around the story of mankind’s greatest enemy: himself. In this film, Earth is engulfed in an endless winter and every single person is struggling to survive in remote underground posts. During these events Colony 7 receives a distressing call from a nearby settlement that Sam (Kevin Zegers) and Briggs (Fishburne) runs. What they find are terrifying discoveries that will change the rules of survival. The Colony also stars Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan and John Tench. Check out the latest buzz below:
“A New Sci-fi Horror: The Colony
A film summary that rings very true. If you’ve previously seen the two aforementioned films from 2011, The Divide and The Day, you will immediately know what to expect from The Colony, as it bares a very strong resemblance to both. Looking at director Jeff Renfroe, a very capable and talented director, who I know from his intriguing feature film debut One Point O in 2004, which was followed by the more widely knownCivic Duty about two years later — also well received. After a long period out of the spotlight, I was delighted to see his name attached to The Colony, a film with a seemingly sufficient budget of $16 million, and an experienced, capable cast.
For this film, the question on my mind wasn’t will it be good, more a question of will it be great. I love these type of genre blends, the elements of overcoming, not just nature, but humanity, in order to survive extinction. When you’ve seen as many of these films as I, you come to expect familiar elements, and a plot that is far from new. For me, the success of this film will undoubtedly depend on its presentation, acting and effects, when all are done brilliantly, the plot originality can be somewhat sacrificed. As we have seen in WWZ, even with an incredible budget and much faster adversaries, in the end, it still relies on the same old traditional, formulaic structure. It’s us versus them against the elements.
The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic era, where the remainder of Earth’s inhabitants have been driven underground due to sustained sub-zero temperatures. The surface has become a frozen wasteland, void of life. Out of the few that did survive, many died due to overcrowding, starvation and sickness. The film revolves around an underground colony of survivors whose numbers are dwindling because of rampant flu, consisting of roughly forty people responsible for growing food and storing seeds, in hopes that the surface will again, someday, be capable of growing crops. It’s a last ditch effort to preserve humanity against all odds, some of which they are not prepared to face, a new evil, far more dangerous than the frozen surface or flu.
The leader of colony seven is Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) , who, after receiving a distress call from colony five, picks one member out of the group, Sam (Kevin Zegers) to accompany he and another member, Graydon (Atticus Dean Mitchell), volunteers to go along. What they find is not at all what they expected. Its inhabitants, decimated, by a rogue group and as the film swiftly shifts into higher gear, it’s no longer clear who, if anyone, will be able to survive what is coming.”
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