A science fiction horror set in a future frosty world where the food, infections and environmental issues prove to be the least of the problems facing the last known humans on earth.
Climate change may be something of speculation and scientific debate in the present day, but in this future the actuality has become all too real for the surviving members of the human race, who have a complex series of problems to contend with in order simply to survive. Human intervention with the weather has gone horribly wrong and the planet has undergone a massive decrease in temperature, forcing humans to live in underground colonies. Food is an issue as there is no sunlight to grow seeds, nor unfrozen soil to grow them in, but disease is a more immediate concern. Colds and flu result in death and anyone presenting symptoms had better get well quickly in quarantine, otherwise Colony 7 will implement its strict laws – the infected person can either be shot or flee into the wastelands, a fate as good as death anyhow.
But what of the rest of the world? Is there any other civilization left, no matter how fragmented? Well Colony 5 is a short journey away but they haven’t been in touch for a while. In the spirit of endeavouring to support other colonies, leader Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) and two other members of Colony 7 set out to take the frozen journey to their comrades to discover the cause of the radio silence and to determine whether they can help their fellow humans. Little do they know what shocking discoveries they will encounter and how it will affect them and, worse, those members of Colony 7 left at camp.
The frozen future is realistically constructed with the landscapes and ice shattered buildings and bridges which are part of the outside world that members of The Colony only venture to when they have no other option. The grungy confines of their underground shelter is undoubtedly the safest option for them. This, however, is where the tight and tense The Colony really plays its cards. It sets up a science fiction premise but when the horror aspects are revealed they are depicted through shocking encounters enhanced by tension and gore. There is a clear delineation between the community based first half of the film which gives way to encounters between savage human eating beasts – matters quickly turn brutal and for those characters who find themselves on the brink of unfathomable atrocities, the chances of survival are not just uncertain to them but to the viewer also.
The Colony, despite the similar themes to recent horrors such as 30 Days of Night (2007) or Dead Snow (Død snø ) has monsters which are different from the vampires or zombies in that they are less supernatural but have rather a more feral nature. They are not only strong but energetic – fast and intelligent – as well as seeming to impervious to the cold.
Enjoyable horror entertainment that appropriates the zombie-style genre but tries to mix in a bit of science fiction.