Director: Florian Gallenberger
Stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Jeanna Werner, Julian Ovenden.
Synopsis: A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
Review: This film is also known as ‘The Colony’. Based on true events, Emma Watson plays an airline stewardess named Lena who is traveling to Chile, a south American country in peril. The country is a dangerous place to be in. Daniel ( Daniel Brühl ) and Lena are caught up in the Chilean military coup of 1973. These events lead to Daniel getting captured by Pinochet’s secret police and shipped off to a place called Colonia Dignidad, a place no one has every escaped from. Not giving up on Daniel, Lena decides to track him down. She joins a cult in order to get close to Daniel in a attempt to rescue him.
Emma Watson is absolutely charming in this film. She play a true English lady that is opulent, sophisticated, intelligent, and truly classy. She is definitely worthy to be one of the top British Actresses of all time. Thank you Emma Watson, you did great. The character Daniel on the other hand, is an abysmal idiot that unnecessarily puts Lena in Danger with his immature actions. He is not worthy to be her boy friend at all. To put a classy English lady like Lena in the a situation where she can be detained by the military shows that he is reckless, foolish, and lives his life on the edge.
The main villain is a master of psychology. He claims that any one can torture a person but breaking some one without harming them physically is an art. Now that’s sinister. He has every one under his control through his own personal variation of religion that is based on control of other people rather than actual enlightenment. He preys on the weak so that he himself can play ‘God’ and control every aspect of his victims. This guy even has an electric fence around the compound so that his victims can not escape. This man is no good and an abuser. He represents the worst in man. The cult is weird. They make Lena work in the field until she collapses, calls her a ‘slut’, try to raise the dead, if it doesn’t work blame it on a sinner in the community, use nice talk as social engineering to get information on the community in order to destroy their individuality, physically abuse the community, and then try to get some of the community members to spy on the others. When you think about the accomplishment of the human race like space travel, computers, IT networks, advances in modern medicine, and technology as a whole, you see how psychotic these people really are. There are hundreds of useful things these people could be doing but instead they created this prison camp for interrogation and control all the while dragging religion throw the dirt, as though this is for peace and love.
This was great! A very interesting movie. The film has no problem pushing the narrative forward. There is always something happening, which olds your interest. The cinematography is well done. Its like your in the room with the characters. Its great that the director and camera personal knows when to capture the facial expressions of these great actors. That way we have the ‘Show don’t Tell’ technique of film making. There is perfect use of wide shots as well. Not only do we get to see the reaction of the main character, but the film is shot in such a way that you see the reactions of the extras as well. I am keeping in mind that when you see a major movie that is based on a true story, you don’t really now how much is Hollywood created and what is real. I will tell you this, watching this film makes you happy about the freedom that you have. To not live like one of the people who are in this movie, is very good. Excellent film!
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