Emma Watson is big news currently. It seems that a week doesn’t go by without a mention of her latest film work; the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer recently broke records as the most watched teaser trailer online, with over 90 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded. Similarly, her work as a UN Ambassador, and the launch of the HeForShe campaign for gender equality has also kept her in the public eye.
The Colony, also known as Colonia, is a historical thriller based on true events, starring Emma Watson (Lena) and Daniel Brühl (Daniel) as a young German couple, caught up in a Chilean Military Coup. After Daniel is captured by the secret police and imprisoned, Lena joins an infamous cult known as the Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony) to track down Daniel and escape with him.
Despite the popularity of Emma Watson, and her having top billing, I had only recently heard of The Colony as it is about to be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was originally intended to be streamed online only; perhaps this accounts for the fact that it only made £47 during its opening weekend in the UK, from showing in five cinemas! This is a stark contrast to several trailers for The Colony, which have racked up millions of views online between them.
Although not greatly publicised, I find The Colony to be a strong film, with solid performances from the cast. Watson manages to lead the film brilliantly, giving an emotional performance which captures romance, sadness and fear. Daniel Brühl is equally excellent, as he is in all of his film performances. Michael Nyqvist gives a sinister performance as Paul Schäfer, the notorious real life leader of Colonia Dignidad.
This is a true ‘edge of your seat’ drama, which will keep you wondering what will happen to Lena and Daniel until the last minute. The real story and politics behind the Colonia Dignidad is not looked at in great detail, but instead the story of those within the cult keeps the film entertaining throughout its 100 minutes’ duration.
For those who still see Emma Watson as Hermione from the Harry Potter film series, a role for which she will be most remembered, there is no doubt that her ability as an actress has grown, and her film career will not be dwindling anytime soon.
During the summer months, cinema screenings are often filled with comedies and family films. The Colony is a perfect antidote to this type of film, and provides a thoughtful drama, for those who like their films on the heavier side.
The Colony will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 22nd August 2016.