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The Colony [Colonia] Review

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Based on a true story, this Chilean drama has a chilling edge to it that's difficult to shake. Strikingly well played by an international cast, the film's dark themes get under the skin. German director-cowriter Florian Gallenberger has a skilful eye that draws the audience in, focussing on characters to provide a strong emotional kick. That said, the film feels eerily stuck in the past, never quite finding present-day relevance that would make it even more powerful.

It's 1973 in Chile, as the political unrest grows surrounding Pinochet's brutal coup d'etat. Flight attendant Lena (Emma Watson) has just arrived for a four-day holiday with her journalist boyfriend Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) when street protests spin out of control. Detained by the new government, Daniel is cruelly tortured. Lena sets out to find him, following his trail to Colonia Dignidad, a religious cult out in the countryside where rebel activists are hidden from sight and forced to work. Posing as a true believer, Lena enters the compound and is quickly terrified by the ruthless, charismatic leader Paul (Michael Nyqvist) and his heartless housemaster Gisela (Richenda Carey).

Gallenberger begins building the underlying tension even in the opening scenes, which feature the happy romantic reunion between Lena and Daniel. Angry demonstrations and military action surround them, ramping up the tension. And then as the story shifts to Colonia, the film takes on nightmarish echoes of Nazi Germany, with chanted greetings ("God bless" sounds rather a lot like "Heil Hitler"), torture chambers and claustrophobic bunkers. Through all of this, Watson and Bruhl deliver remarkably grounded performances as real people caught up in unimaginable horrors. Underneath the intensity, both actors are likeable and tenacious, and together they have very strong chemistry. Meanwhile, the always superb Nyqvist (star of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy) brings a genuinely unsettling nastiness to his all-powerful father figure.

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Julian Ovenden, Tom Cullen, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle , Jeremy Swift - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

Julian Ovenden, Tom Cullen, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle and Jeremy Swift
Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech, Jeremy Swift, Lesley Nicol, Phyllis Logan, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt and Raquel Cassidy

Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Tom Cullen, Sophie McShera, Joanne Froggatt, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech , Jeremy Swift - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Tom Cullen, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Tom Cullen, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt and Raquel Cassidy
Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt and Raquel Cassidy
Phyllis Logan, Tom Cullen, Lesley Nicol, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift
Phyllis Logan, Tom Cullen, Lesley Nicol, Sophie Mcshera, Joanne Froggatt, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Julian Ovenden, Allen Leech and Jeremy Swift

Julian Ovenden , Sierra Boggess - 'My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein' tribute concert performed by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Hall, - New York City, New York, United States - Saturday 10th October 2015

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Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden
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Julian Ovenden and Sierra Boggess

Julian Ovenden - Julian Ovenden outside the ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th February 2015

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Lauren Worsham and Julian Ovenden - The New York Philharmonic concert version of Show Boat, held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 6th November 2014

Lauren Worsham and Julian Ovenden
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Lauren Worsham and Julian Ovenden
Lauren Worsham and Julian Ovenden
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Adam is a wealthy businessman and an amateur opera singer who aspires to a more cultured lifestyle. Despite his love for opera, Adam's friends tease him, saying he's no more than a 'city suit' and to prove them all wrong, Adam decides to put on an opera at his lavish stately home in the country side.

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