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3.2 out of 5 stars (78) IMDb 5.3/10
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Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature.

Starring:
Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegars
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegars, Laurence Fishburne
Director Jeff Renfroe
Genres Science Fiction
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 20 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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If only I have listened to this warning, I would have saved 90 minutes of my life which I will never get back... Sadly, I didn't. I really wanted to like this film, but ultimately I couldn't. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

In near future weather machines were build to control the climate change - but they malfunctioned... One day it began to snow and never stopped since... Most humans perished and the few survivors live in underground bunkers to escape the extreme cold of new Ice Age. In one such outpost, Colony 7, led by former soldiers Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) and Mason (Bill Paxton), a distress radio signal is received from Colony 5 - which after that remains silent... As Colony 5 is linked by a pact of alliance with Colony 7, Briggs takes two men, Sam (Kevin Zegers) and young Graydon (Atticus Dean Mitchell) and together they go to see what assistance they can offer. They will not like what they find... And then the film really begins...

This Canadian 2013 post-apocalyptic SF/horror had some potential, as the initial idea was good and the settings (grim industrial sites lost in the middle of frozen wastelands) were well done. At 16 million USD budget was honorable for a small production and two good, well known actors (Fishburne and Paxton) were hired. However, almost all this potential was cruelly wasted, mostly because of weakness of scenario, which seems have been written on the knee, during a short break taken by the scenarist from his day time job (which I would advise him NOT to quit...) .

Everything in this film is a cliché and every single development can be anticipated like 10 minutes in advance.
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It's the near future and nearly everyone on Earth has died due to plunging temperatures and continuous snow. It's an Ice Age out there! Food ran out, people starved, the situation seems hopeless. At least two groups manage to survive though, living deep underground, and they agree to watch out for each other. There is always the worry about contagious disease wiping out a colony and so if someone falls ill, they are quarantined. If they don't recover they have the option of being shot or walking off into the snow - not much of an option, is it? - but a ruthless guy called Mason (Bill Paxton) doesn't even want to give the sick that much. When Colony 7 receives an SOS from Colony 5, the leader of Colony 7, Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) decides to investigate and takes Sam (Kevin Zegers) and a youth, Graydon (Atticus Dean Mitchell) with him, leaving Mason and all the others behind. But what they find at Colony 5 is far more worrisome than the discontent they left behind at Colony 7.

The Colony (2013) has received very mixed reviews with some rightly stating that it seems like a lot of horror movies grouped together. I don't want to write any spoilers here (and be warned, the trailer is a bit of a spoiler) but it is true. However, I enjoyed the movie and I found the tension was building up nicely after the first half hour or so. Some of the science is a bit out of the window, I think. I mean, is it possible to have endless snow in a world that has frozen solid? Doesn't there have to be some warmth somewhere for water to evaporate, rise, cool, and fall as snow? Just asking.

Anyway, as I say, I enjoyed the movie and I did find myself holding my breath at times which is quite unusual for me. There are a couple or so of really graphic violence scenes which the squeamish might not like. I suggest you watch it with an open mind, give it a chance, and see what you think. For me, it was great, ghoulish, fun.
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I think the reviews here are too harsh. You're not looking for cinematic gold here, you're looking for a sci-fi thriller and on that level I think the colony delivers.
I found it entertaining and tense at times. By 2045, humans have built weather machines to control the warming climate due to climate change and global warming. The machines break down when one day it begins to snow and doesn't stop. Whatever humans remain live in underground bunkers at Colony 7 to escape the extreme cold. Their challenges are controlling disease and producing sufficient food. A distress signal is received and a team of them proceed to reach Colony 5 with shocking consequences. Good acting and fast paced. Definitely worth a watch!
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It is the mid-21st century and humans have built specialist weather stations, around the world, to regulator the warming climate due to climate change and global warming. However, these machines break down, and one day it begins to snow and does not stop. What is left of humanity tries to survive in isolated bunkers.

The cover art to this DVD is just so deceptive, as you see military helicopters being shot down. Then you see the three principal actors running for their lives over a burning bridge - which is not a true reflection of what happens, in the film. Returning to the film itself, I guess the beginning of the movie sets a sort of interesting atmosphere, where there is an ice - age environmental catastrophe. The film boasts some relatively good set of actors - alas, they seem to be there more for `window dressing' rather than as a vehicle for good narrative. For me, the film just turns into clichéd set pieces that are not knitted well into the fabric of the narrative, there are half-developed characters and their half-baked various interactions.

As the movie progressed, I came away thinking there is nothing special here, which I had had not already seen in many other productions, and done better too boot. This movie at best, is badly edited/abridged version of B-movie. I really do not understand what they were thinking about when they storyboarded this film, or maybe they did nothing of the sort. Who knows what went wrong here, and who is a guilty party for turning out this poor quality enterprise.
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