With Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers, Charlotte Sullivan, Dru Viergewer
Written by Jeff Renfroe, Svet Rouskov, Patrick Tarr, Pascal Trottier
Directed by Jeff Renfroe
It is 2045. Science managed to develop weather-controlling systems. But when malfunctions turn the world into an ice cube with eternal snow, survivors are forced underground into various colonies.
Things are deteriorating and at colony 7 the issue of infectious ailments threatening the wellbeing of all, becomes a sticky point with two of the men in command of the facility butting head (Fishburn and Paxton) - One taking a fast track approach by killing those showing signs of illness in stead of quarantine or the choice to get banished into the treacherous outdoors.
A distress call from colony 5 is responded to and after a difficult trek in the freezing weather, the small party arrives to find the place deserted. But they soon discover all is far from well, with a gang of cannibalistic feral freaks out for blood (having wiped out the entire colony). From hereon out it is a case of running from the bad guys and fighting them off...
As with Last Days On Mars I felt disappointed that the movie took this turn. I don’t know if it is the popularity of The Walking Dead that has producers going for this kind of approach, but it doesn’t always succeed (and with 4 writers, I expected more). On top of this the head villain comes across as a cliché 1990s video game evil baddie – which can work for some, but fell flat for me.
While Fishburn’s part has a bit more substance, I don’t know how Paxton agreed to play the one-dimensional character in conflict with Fishburn’s.
The Colony delivers far less than expected.
2 / C
- Paul Blom