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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brutal, sadistic cult drama has lots of violence, language.

Movie R 2016 110 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Undervalued & Important

This movie was not nearly as extreme as I expected. After reading the true stories of The Colony I didn’t know what I was going to see but they made a PG movie out of an X true story. There is shaming of women, abuse of men & women, derogatory comments and some torture & violence. BUT never crosses the line. This was a REAL place, where a nazi doctor did REAL experiments. They gave a great depiction of the true story while shielding your eyes from the worst parts. I would NOT recommend for children because it is very dark BUT I think all adults should see this movie and read these stories. It’s the parts of history we don’t want to see that we should always remember so they NEVER happen again! And don’t worry it ends well.

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Great messages
age 16+

Reviews initially put me off-an interesting watch

This movie has many contrasting reviews. In terms of historical accuracy, it is known that the 2 main protagonists did not exist in real life but the colony was a real place. It brought light to a theme that is hard to handle. Daniel Brühl and Emma Watson are good actors and there were some moments when I was on the edge of my seat. It is one to watch if you have an interest in Nazi Germany or the Chilean dictatorship. Some reviews says that it glorifies cult life but I feel it does quite the opposite. There is a lot of violence and sex and some moments where things are implied which are so uncomfortable. You can't help but root for the protagonists. I dont think I will rewatch it but it certainly was a lot better researched and portrayed than it was given credit for. I have recommended 16+ but it depends on the maturity of the child whether you would wait longer but never less as it is good for an Alevel-level history student.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4 ):
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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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