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Bleak and beautiful, bombastic and lyrical, The Colony feels like Denis Villeneuve making Waterworld or Alejandro G. Iñárritu tackling The Road Warrior. It is a slightly familiar story that rises well above its station with jaw dropping cinematography, visual FXs and vistas that are quintessentially cinematic.

With narrative nods to modern scifi classics like Children of Men and Elysium and Oblivion, it's hard to fault the film for wanting to play in the same thematic sandbox with the big boys and I for one don't fault it for taking big swings with it's high concept because it's the filmmaking that is the most enthralling.

[You can watch The Colony now].

Set in the distant future, a female astronaut named Blake (Nora Arnezeder) is part of of a second team sent back to an an abandoned earth. When she gets shipwrecked, she becomes embroiled in a conflict between two factions of survivors and must decide the fate of the wasteland's remaining populace.

While the film is meditative in parts, it is thankfully not without a sense of thrill and adventure. Fehlbaum understands tension and uses it to punctuate the film with moments of action and suspense.

Director Tim Fehlbaum reunited with cinematographer Markus Förderer who worked with him on his previous film Hell. In that film Förderer impressed in the creation of a sun scorched earth, and here he dazzles by creating a haunting water logged world contrasted by dark blue and violent fire. I do believe Förderer is destined for the Academy Award stage in the near future and indeed he appears to be working on more and more Hollywood films.

I'll cut to the chase - go out and check this one out!

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