Friday, January 27, 2017

Movie review: Colony, Season 1

Los Angeles has been occupied by mysterious intruders, who isolated the city with a wall. Colony follows a family in which some members are collaborators and others rebels.

Josh Holloway (Will), Sarah Callies (Katie), Isabella Crovetti (Gracie), Peter Jacobson (Proxy Snyder), Tory Kittles (Broussard), Amanda Righetti (Madeline), Alex Neustaedter (Bram), Kathleen Perkins (Jennifer).

Colony is an interesting series in that the invisible intruders are never identified well. They could be aliens, or not, as we are given only a brief glimpse toward the end of the first season. Instead the story is really about a family split between collaboration with the invaders, and rebel resistance. The catch; not everyone is being open about their position. This drives the series in a more drama focused direction, which is offset by rebel encounters with invaders and espionage.

Acting was decent with Holloway doing a reasonable job. Callies was solid with good delivery and fit her role pretty well but, as usual also seems unsure of herself which diminishes her authenticity. Jacobson was quite enjoyable with great delivery in a role he fit well. Kittles, Righetti and the remainder of the cast were solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are all nicely done with good detail, clarity, and fit. Action scenes and CGI are nicely done and again, exhibit good detail and technical work despite not showing us the invaders. Dialogue is solid and moves the plot along well. Sound and soundtrack are fitting.

Season 1 of Colony shows some good promise. The plot seems to have good depth and is so far nicely detailed. Technical work is solid without being over the top. Acting is good, as is dialogue, and the tease of aliens along with the sci-fi aspect hold interest pretty well. Let's just hope this one isn't cancelled as so many others are at this phase.

With some mild violence this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 1.21.17
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Series, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Dramas, TV Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi

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