Colonia.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Set in 1973, Lena, a young Lufthansa flight attendant, travels to Santiago to visit her boyfriend Daniel, who is a talented graphic artist creating images to support embattled President Salvador Allende. When Allende is violently ousted, Daniel is taken into the remote stronghold of Colonia Dignidad, a crypto-fascist sect led by sinister minister Paul Schäfer. Lena is determined to travel to Colonia, find, and free Daniel by offering herself up to Schäfer as a follower. The movie will premiere on VOD on Friday, April 15th.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, “This questionable historical thriller is a dictatorship of poor filmmaking.”

Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, Romance



Variety finds, ““Colonia” starts out as something that’s frequently a bit dubious — the vaguely “based on true events” thriller thrusting fictive Western visitors into some exotic locale’s actual historical natural or political disaster, which they then try to flee — before turning into something else entirely.”

Vanity Fair thinks, “Colonia may not become as huge as some of Watson’s other hits, and its lack of political context make it feel like more of a generic thriller than it could have been. But for anyone following Watson’s slow and steady path toward becoming one of her generation’s finest actresses, Colonia is more evidence of the exciting career she’s building.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “This questionable historical thriller is a dictatorship of poor filmmaking.”

IndieWire (The Playlist) gives the film a D rating, and further notes, “The cast deserves better, as does the audience, and more importantly, so do the actual victims of Colonia Dignidad. “Colonia” opens the history books, but doesn’t turn the pages.”

Digital Journal writes, “The resolve Watson radiates is formidable. Nyqvist’s commitment to playing the cruel authoritarian is most believable, which makes it doubly disturbing.”

The Film Stage says, “Rushed and full of cinematic artifice, Gallenberger and Torsen Wenzel‘s script reveals itself to be devoid of the naturalism the leads are desperately trying to supply.” thinks, “Both leads are doing the best that they can with the poorly-conceived material and they’re not really ever given a chance to bring anything noteworthy to the performance. The musical score is overbearing and the movie’s glossy sheen – despite the gruesomeness of its subject – makes it hard to take anything seriously. There’s just not enoigh intelligence or sophistication in the storytelling to lead to an affective emotional pay-off.”

Live for Films finds, “Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) continues to make a successful transition as an adult actress while Daniel Brühl (Rush) for some reason remains an underrated performer.   The story combines elements of Missing and Witness via The Stepford Wives to execute an effective historical thriller crafted by filmmaker Florian Gallenberger (Shadows of Time).”

World Socialist Web Site writes, “Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist as Schäfer is chilling in Gallenberger’s well-made, heart-pounding piece.”

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