Colonia online movie review - Colony of abuse and lies
This is my review of Colonia (spoiler free)
Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps
Plot: A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
Set in 1973 and inspired by true events you would think that this movie would have some kind of drama and/or story attached however it does not the only thing that lasts throughout the film is Lena (Watson) and Daniel's (Bruhl), chemistry but that is all that stands out. This film started as a pretty entertaining drama which escalated very unfortunately it escalated into a torturous diabolical white-knuckle entertainment film and things still take a turn for the worst. The film got its first appearance at Sundance in September 2015 and since then has had several nominations for German film awards what were they thinking? However since then it has had backlash mainly at German director Florian Gallenberger who was under wrath by Japanese Ultra-journalists by exposing, in 2009's John Rabe, the atrocities committed by the country's army in the 1937 Battle of Nanking. However since then he has been a little quiet until he released this atrocious drama. The only thing that is good about it is it has an interesting cast and great chemistry between two characters mainly Lena and Daniel but soon turns bad when Lena enters a cult, a religious cult of all things. Run by vicious antagonist Paul Schafer (Nyqvist) and then on things take a turn for the worst as this film adds torture and promotes abuse. The real Paul Schafer was imprisoned for 33 years for thousands of accounts for sexual abuse on women and children, he was imprisoned until his death in 2010. Another thing that is good about the film is the acting even though this film is absolutely terrible the acting withstands through. The best performance comes from all three main actors Emma Watson who hasn't had a big movie in a while and this is certainly better than Regression (2015) well not much. Daniel Bruhl has come heaps and bounds over the past few years mainly known for playing Niki Lauda in Rush (2013). Michael Nyqvist whose known for The Girl series the Swedish crime, drama and also Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011). However this is not the film to remember them by because it's not entertaining except perhaps the beginning and the end. This film will not be receiving any Oscar glory because even the Academy have taste. Other than forcing women to women to strip, calling them whores and sluts and even calling them c**ts among other things. This film also has no character development it leads the fact of you have to research the characters but no one can be bothered to do that so this film f***ed up as it is, is lacking in the one main thing that will make it that little bit better, and entertaining is that it is missing a story, well a good one anyway and also character development we just know their names and what they do that's it. Sorry to say this but it could have been a better if not for the director and of course the cast, because they do not make it a better experience and maybe that's because the director wasn't willing to make it better and his research is terrible. So as you can see this is just an experimental drama that is trying to be better than it really is.
Here are some points as to why this is a poorly made drama:
Poorly directed: The director even though he tries his hardest the film just lacks potential and also drama which has been said before but it might be because his research his terrible or he hasn't got any character development attached to this pitiful mess. The lack of direction just proves that he wanted to get this out quickly and instead of actually focusing on story he focused on the try-hard drama which fails to pull through after the first ten minutes he focuses on white-knuckle entertainment which is neither white-knuckle nor entertaining. Poorly executed directions. The one thing that you can praise about him is that he managed to say what happened to these characters in real life but the only good thing about it.
Poor story: If there was one the story would actually be the best thing about the film unfortunately there is no story well if there if there is it is certainly hidden and also incoherent. Poorly executed story which could have been better if it was actually there. However it is a good subject to base a true story because the subject of Paul Schafer is really hit and miss so that is another thing to praise the film for however that is all it's good for. So poor story but good subject.
Pointing out that this also has the exact same ending as Argo (2012) and The Last King of Scotland (2006) where they escape a dreadful place and a plane journey home it's exactly the same. Apart from the good subject and the good acting the film lacks in all its other things that it's supposed to be good for but is not. Again what were the German Film Awards thinking?
Verdict: Notwithstanding any drama or engagement this is a poorly executed film with an interesting subject, the director decided to chose the darkest episode in life and put poorly executed characters and torture in the mix.
4/10 appallingly put together.