In the near future, Earth becomes impossible to live on due to multiple uncontrollable issues. Driven away by climate changes, pandemics, and other things, humans managed to successfully leave Earth and find a new planet to live on. While all seems well on the new planet, humans become unable to procreate. This forces them to return to Earth to investigate how the planet is going with hopes of returning, reproducing, and living life as normal once again.
After the first return mission to Earth reportedly fails and contact is lost with the home base, a new team is assembled. One of the astronauts is a female named Blake (Nora Arnezeder). Blake wants to know if it’s possible to create life on Earth, and is also personally invested as she wants to know what happened to her father, who was a part of the previous crew.
The Colony is best described as a sci-fi film with little moments of mystery. The film’s opening is quite pleasing as it introduces our leading hero. We get a great understanding of Earth’s current situation, which seems like a dark and gritty wasteland. It’s not long until Blake makes some huge discoveries, including the fact that humans have somehow managed to survive on Earth. All of her discoveries set up a few questions for the audience.
The look of this film, for the most part, is pleasing, but at times it feels simple and basic. Stunning shots of Blake wandering around in sand or being surrounded by fog are just a few examples. Several futuristic technologies such as weapons or portable devices are introduced, all of which I found creative and pleasing.
While The Colony has a great introduction and some moments that are generally fun to see, the plot is questionable. Sometimes I honestly felt bored with the direction, and I would lose interest when a new direction was introduced into the plot. Major reveals here are predictable, and some scenes move at a slow pace while other moments are generally uninteresting or bland to see. Many moments throughout the film are also highly forgettable due to the vague plot and leading performances. My biggest disappointment with the film is its third act and finale, which felt highly confusing and left the audience to question key elements as it rushes to the end credits.
Overall, I’m generally half and half on this film. There are many pleasing aspects to enjoy here, including the opening, visuals and sci-fi aspects. But sadly, The Colony also consists of many uninteresting moments which are forgettable. The third and final act feels rushed, confusing and makes the entire journey ultimately dull. Sci-fi fans will get some satisfaction here, but I can’t deny there are multiple opportunities missed here. The Colony (2021) is Now Available on DVD!