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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good triumphs over evil ... but not really.
Positive Role Models
Heroes, especially female, are unselfish, brave, determined, resourceful -- and naive. Villain is a monstrous psychopath who enjoys sadism, pedophilia, and power.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent savage violence includes beatings, torture (graphic use of electric prods, bashing, and more), killing by gunfire, mass brutal arrests, whippings, menacing dogs, trip wires, bodies in the street. A pedophile is seen stalking young boys naked in the shower. Vicious sexual intimidation and shaming.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is shown in bed -- embracing, kissing, and after sex. Partial nudity.
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Many cruel insults and harsh language directed at innocents: "harlot, " "c--t," "sonofabitch," "slut." Also "f--k," "s--t," sometimes in subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Women in a cult are forced to take unidentified blue pills at bedtime. Some smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Colonia starts out as a romance set against the impending overthrow of Salvador Allende's government in 1973 Chile and becomes the intense, lurid story of the main characters' imprisonment in a brutal religious cult. Based on the actual existence of Colonia Dignidad, a powerful fascist settlement in Chile that also served as a prison and torture chamber, the film loses its political perspective early on. Instead, it focuses on the characters' harsh fate at the merciless hands of a real-life ex-Nazi psychopath and his accomplices, who maintain order using violence (graphically depicted beatings and terrorizing), sexual humiliation, and cruelty. The violence is enhanced by name-calling and obscenities ("f--k," "slut," "c--t," "harlot," "s--t," and more) Killings and death are frequent; pedophilia is strongly alluded to. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Any intention the filmmakers might have had to make modern audiences aware of a particularly barbaric South American regime and its excesses are lost in this story of atrocity and madness. It must have been tempting for Harry Potter franchise co-star Watson to want to carry a movie on her own, and she does so as well as she can.
But the movie's exploitative nature, with its emphasis on brutality and graphic scenes of torture and torment -- as well as sloppy plotting in which so much depends upon lucky circumstance and coincidence -- doesn't help the cause. Nor does Nyqvist's over-the-top performance as the embodiment of evil. Watson may be terrific in her role, but her shift to plot-driving leading lady will have to wait for something better (as will the movie's admittedly important subject matter).
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