Derek Winnert


This article was written on 09 Jul 2016, and is filled under Reviews.

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The Colony [Colonia] *** (2015, Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist) – Movie Review


Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl are excellent in co-writer/director Florian Gallenberger’s intense and gruelling real-life story of triumph and survival against all the odds, shedding important light on appalling atrocities in Chile at the time of the military coup of 1973.

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Watson stars as Lena, a young woman who infiltrates an evil cult in Pinochet-era Chile, to rescue her husband Daniel (Brühl), who is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and being held in secret detention camp Colonia Dignidad, Michael Nyqvist makes a chilling villain as the sadistic Colonia boss, lay preacher Paul Schäfer.


Shown in just three cinemas when it opened in the UK on 1 July 2016, it took only £47 at the UK box office in its opening weekend. It cost $14 million.

It was shot in Chile, Luxembourg, Germany and Argentina.

RIP Michael Nyqvist (1960–2017).

 © Derek Winnert 2016 Movie Review

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