The Colony

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Science Fiction

Threadbare production values mar this space invaders flick that seems to have borrowed its sets and costumes from a high school production of "Return to the Forbidden Planet." Cheapness aside, this made-for-cable bilge about body-snatching devolves its style from thriller to action pic to camp mockery sans rhyme or reason. Guided by chief researcher Harper...read more

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Threadbare production values mar this space invaders flick that seems to have borrowed its sets and costumes from a high school production of "Return to the Forbidden Planet." Cheapness aside, this made-for-cable bilge about body-snatching devolves its style from thriller to action pic

to camp mockery sans rhyme or reason.

Guided by chief researcher Harper (Isabella Hofmann), space aliens kidnap Earthlings to probe our weaknesses and pave the way for colonization. Harper's vanguard, consisting of Alpha (John Prosky), Bravo (Eric Allan Kramer), and Charley (Cristi Conaway), kidnap Desmond (Jeff Kober), Fred (James

Avery), Laura (Clare Salstrom), and Kevin (Michael Weatherly). While Fred's brain is examined, Desmond and Laura are injected with experimental drugs.

Temporarily escaping, the earthlings discover that their human-looking captors house their alien shells in tubes. Recaptured, Kevin impresses Harper by risking his well-being to save a weakened Laura from being crushed under a metal plate. Preferring coexistence to colonization, Harper confides in

her Earth prisoners that her shipmates must recharge themselves in their original bodies.

During a showdown, Kevin fries Charlie on electric cables, Harper wounds Bravo with a ray gun, Desmond destroys the spacemen's shells, and Bravo is finally killed by Desmond. Thwarting Alpha's mutinous plans, Harper lies to her superiors that Earth is unfit for their purposes. Then, she

transplants her essence into Laura's deteriorating body. After she primes the spaceship for explosion, Harper and the earthlings transport themselves to terra firma.

Too much technical hocus pocus and too much metaphysical mumbo jumbo (about man's capacity for emotion) clutter up this arthritic sci-fi hobbled by degenerative script disease. Expository dialogue replays itself, as repetitive alien dogma about human genocide clogs the script's development.

There's enough material here for a half hour of episodic TV. On the plus side, some of the space-fiends vs. earth-men bouts have the satisfying crunch of a World Wrestling Foundation match. On that juvenile level, THE COLONY muscles its way to a conclusion, without ever frightening us with the

sangfroid of these lab technicians from outer space. (Graphic violence, nudity, profanity.)

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Threadbare production values mar this space invaders flick that seems to have borrowed its sets and costumes from a high school production of "Return to the Forbidden Planet." Cheapness aside, this made-for-cable bilge about body-snatching devolves its sty… (more)

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