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The Colony (2013)

When I first saw the trailer for The Colony I got quite excited and I expected a new and original take on the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film.What I got was a condensed mixture of  The Day After Tomorrow, 30 Days of Night, 28 days later and The Thing, which was barely watchable.

The film is set in an ice age future where global warming has run a muck and whats left of mankind is barely surviving in underground bunkers. The leader of one such group of survivors is Briggs (played by Laurence "I should find better work" Fishburne), who must maintain his authority over his increasingly discontented second in command, Mason (played by Bill Paxton.)

I found the first hour quite interesting. The plot basically follows Briggs and a few members of his team trekking out into the wilderness to another outpost, which they lost contact a few days earlier. The trip basically involves Briggs taking on the stereotypical tough guy leader role, in which, every chance he gets, he reminisces about his tough past and the terrible things he's seen...etc..etc.truly tiresome stuff.

I don't want to give too much away, but there is a huge plot twist halfway through that completely ruins an already lackluster viewing experience. A twist so ridiculous and poorly conceived that it left me in shock and amused at the same time. To cut a long story short, there's nothing original here, only lots of snow, a shitload of climate change propaganda, a hot blonde with dreadlocks plus Laurence Fishburne.  If you've had few beers on a Saturday night and stumbled home with a kebab in hand, then this is the perfect film for you, otherwise stay well clear.

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