The Colony (2013) Movie Review

Herner Klenthur

The Colony PosterVideo on demand is a blessing because it means that films that would never see the light of day have an opportunity to be seen. Case and point is the under promoted apocalyptic thriller The Colony.

The Colony was shot in Canada in an abandoned Norad facility on a $16million budget and features two powerhouse actors in Bill Paxton and Laurence Fishburne. The most puzzling part is there seems to have been very little effort to introduce it to horror fans and instead it seems to be just finding its own way on demand. Thankfully I stumbled on it today!

The Colony is a fresh new twist on the well used sci-fi premise of the end of the world. Although it recycles concepts and has visual references to many classic horror movies The Colony brings enough new ingredients to make it worth seeing.

Set in the distant future of 2045 the world climate has started to change and as a result the human race has built weather machines to stop the global warming. The result is a cataclysmic event where the world is turned into an ice-cube and what few survive do so by hiding out in underground bunkers with limited resources trying to survive and praying for a new day of green landscapes and blue skies in a world frozen over.

Things take an ugly twist when nearby colony 5 goes silent and Briggs the leader of Colony 7 played by Laurence Fishburne puts together a small team to go investigate and discovers something much more terrifying than the cold.

The Colony is a truly exceptional film that mixes the elements of 28 Days Later with The Thing and 30 Days of Night. Visually stunning the film has an outstanding cast an incredible script and is a true stand out in a sea of medicore direct to DVD titles.

Apocalyptic weather events as a plot line in horror movies is by no means a new concept and has been played out hundreds of times over the years with varying degrees of success. Some fall victim to over used cgi while others suffer from bad casting or a cliche script. The Colony has none of these weak points. The Colony is the perfect blend of horror, story telling and beautiful environments making it one of the better modern apocalpytic horror movies I have seen.

The Colony is not perfect but it is definitely an exceptional film that fans of apocalyptic horror will enjoy. Despite negative reviews from film critics I feel strongly that this is a must see film for fans of the apocalyptic sub genre of horror. Agree? Have you seen it? Hit back at me in the comments.

If you are looking for more Apocalyptic horror movies to checkout here is our 10 Favorite Apocalpytic Horror Thrillers


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      1. Dennis Francis September 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        Absolutely agree on this film. I ran across it about a month ago and absolutely fell in love with it. For me Bill Paxton again proved he is just not an over the top actor, he is a damn talented star. The premise of the film is nothing short of original but was told in a GREAT way. Visually the film looked fantastic and loved the practical effects used. Glad there was not much CGI makeup.

        This is a recommended movie for all Sci-Fi/Horror junkies out there 😉

      2. Michael Mora September 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        So, what were the Politics of it not being released in the theater? We’re the Actors too old to market it to the Twilight/Hunger Games crowd?

        • Herner Klenthur September 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

          Michael I know nothing of the politics behind releasing it. Candidly I think this movie would have never worked in theaters but with the proper push should find its audience on DVD.

        • Anon September 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

          Actually it was in theatres. I saw it at Scotiabank in Toronto. I think it was just very limited like most Canadian films are. I agree with what you’ve said about the film though.

      3. Jeff Carson September 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        I saw it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it too! It’s really too bad some of these smaller films never see the light of day and get pushed out by the blockbusters that generally aren’t nearly as good!

      4. Roy Leader September 4, 2013 at 3:20 am

        filmed here in North Bay Ontario

      5. Michael Mora September 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Just watched this last night and really enjoyed it.

      6. taralundrigan December 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        I adored this film. Great review. It really bums me out reading reviews from “film critics” – it seems that they looove to hate on every movie they review.

      7. Caryn Schwengel January 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

        I hope they are making a sequel because the ending was bad. I would’ve liked to see them make it to the blue sky zone or fix the other HAARP tower.

      8. Michael January 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

        I just watched and I thought it was a great movie but it seemed very short and I hope they make a sequal