670. The Colony

670-the-colonyBackground info

Title: The Colony
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 50m

“A young woman (Emma Watson) infiltrates a torturous cult run by a Nazi in an attempt to rescue her boyfriend and overthrow a terrifying military regime. Inspired by shocking true events!”

Live blog

1:12 – Oof, a lot of people were involved in making this film. Never sure that’s a good thing.
3:42 – Their stewardess hats are awful!
4:49 – Yellow and brown, ah the seventies.
9:26 – I’m all for messing about with cameras, but someone’s going to have to develop that.
9:53 – Ah, phew. The Boots staff are spared.
10:54 – Seventies selfie.
12:30 – “It’s my mother. The disappointed ring.”
18:35 – Crazy how quickly your circumstances can change.
25:27 – How can she possibly know she’ll be back next week? She’s walking into a cult!
26:24 – It’s all gone a bit Sound of Music.
31:25 – “Once you join us, you must remain.” …for a week.
35:09 – Photo in the cross, that’s cute.
44:20 – I think she might have missed her plane.
53:50 – He seems to have totally misplaced rage.
1:01:14 – “We’re not perfect. Not none of us.”
1:10:08 – It’s just like LOST. If there’s a man down there pressing a button, I’m out.
1:19:47 – Stop taking photos!
1:28:41 – Ooh, now we’ve gone all Titanic. Or Tomb Raider.
1:35:16 – Everything is so bright when you’ve been in a bunker for 24 hours.
1:40:35 – Side by side walking is weird, but fun.
1:44:14 – I mean, I get it, but you CANNOT fly without clearance.

Conclusions

We saw a trailer for this a long while back and it looked terrible, but a newer trailer was much, MUCH better and convinced us to watch. Also, it’s Emma Watson and she’s lovely, so why not?

Turns out, it was a really good film. The start tells the story of a boy and a girl in love, but their situation so quickly changes and spirals out of control that you’re left wandering what on earth happened. The story moves somehow quite slowly, but keeps the tension ramping up so that there are moments that are properly edge-of-your-seat.

The ending ruined it for me, at the time, because I know that plane regulations are just so strict, you wouldn’t take off without permission. But then again, I had forgotten that it was set in the seventies (thank goodness, really, because some of the fashion at the beginning was doing my head in!) and you probably could get away with taking your plane wherever you want it.

So overall, a lot better than expected and a really interesting, if horrifying, story.

Rating: 4/5.

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