The Colony (2015)

Director: Florian Gallenberger

Writer: Torsten Wenzel, Florian Gallenberger (Screenplay)

Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps

 

Plot: A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

 

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Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: The Colony starts as we learn about the revolution going on in Chile where Lena (Watson) is meeting her boyfriend Daniel (Bruhl), with the tensions rising within the country a coup happens and both are captured before Daniel is taken while Lena is released.

Learning of the whereabouts of Daniel, Lena heads to Colonia Dignidad, a place where nobody has left but a place where you can join as a member or be taken as a prisoner. Lena must navigate her way through this cult to make it out alive with her boyfriend as the lead Pal Schafer (Nvqvist) has a controlling ability.

 

Thoughts on The Colony

 

Characters/PerformanceLena is a British flight attendant whose boyfriend lives in Chile, she is happy in love as the two look to decide their future they become split. Lena puts everything at risk as she searches for his abducted boyfriend. Daniel is part radical in Chile which ends up with him being taken to a cult, he gets tortured and must find a way to escape this cult. Paul Schafer is the leader of the cult, he is a disciplinary that keeps the cult in full order for his own desires.

Performance wise, Emma Watson does struggle through this film, she doesn’t reach the potential we know she can, Daniel Bruhl likewise, we know he is great but not everything seems to click. Michael tries to make his character truly threatening but you just don’t feel all the terror from him.

StoryEscape the cult, well that is the story here and as for this idea we have seen it before correct? Well this is based on true events and the truth be told it goes over too long a period to make it interesting viewing as most of the story takes place over 140 odd days of very little happening.

Romantic/ThrillerWhat would you do for love, that is one of the questions going on here, of yeah that is a thrilling side to this story too but it is way too slow before anything gets going.

SettingsThe settings give us a look at the cult grounds which shock the world once they were revealed.

Final ThoughtsThis is a slow thriller that just doesn’t suck you in the way it should do and ends up feeling very disappoint.

 

Overall: Slow Burning with a good conclusion.

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Phantom Thread (2017)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson (Screenplay)

Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps, Sue Clark, Joan Brown, Harriet Leitch

 

Plot: Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Slow Battle to get Through

 

Story: The Phantom Thread starts as we meet the eccentric dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis), he is renowned for his quality in his work, he has always had a muse, but when his latest one has become tiresome in his eyes, he needs an escape. This brings him into contact with waitress Alma (Krieps) that has the look he loves for his dressmaking style.

With Alma becoming his new muse, she moves in with Reynolds and his sister Cyril (Manville) in London as they aim to continue the next level of their relationship and design which includes royalty, as time goes by we learn how Reynolds has his own way of doing things and doesn’t like anyone getting in the way of his routine.

 

Thoughts on The Phantom Thread

 

Characters – Reynolds Woodcock is a famous dressmaker, he makes the most desired dresses in London with the rich and famous coming to him for his latest design. He needs a muse to inspire him and order to keep him motivated, without the order, he can’t focus on his work. Alma is just a waitress that captures the eye of Reynold’s this gives her new meaning in life as she goes from shy quiet waitress to part of the fashion industry, still wanting more from her life she tries to inspire Reynolds to take her seriously. Cyril is the sister of Reynolds, that keeps his affairs in order, his routine in place and the right people around him to inspire him.

PerformancesThe performances in this movie are great throughout, we know Daniel Day-Lewis will always be a top performer and this being his last is a nice exit for him. Vicky Krieps is strong throughout the film too, showing that we can get more unknown stars opposite Day-Lewis and not look out of places, while Lesley Manville works wonderfully in the supporting role of the film.

StoryThe story follows an eccentric dressmaker that always strives for perfection in his work, but he always needs inspiration in his work too. This comes from his new muse which only turns him comfort zone against him, as he prepares for his next work. This is a slow moving story, it shows one man’s imprisonment in his work as he blocks out the people close to him, making mistakes in both his lives. In all honesty this does play out in a rather slow and boring style, we learn nothing about dressmaking, which isn’t what I wanted from the movie, but he doesn’t seem to do anything, it is his team that do most of the work, the relationship is weird and not interesting to see unfold even though you do think something will happen.

RomanceThis does have a twisted romance side to the story, which when it all comes out becomes even more disturbing.

SettingsThe settings are mostly inside the house as we see the different rooms for the designing and living.


Scene of the Movie –
Final scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Slowness

Final ThoughtsThis is a slow movie that builds up for an eventually big pay off, the problem is that is takes way to long to get to this moment.

 

Overall: Slow and hard work

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