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Colony, The

Director:  Florian Gallenberger
Year Released:  2015
Rating:  0.5

German airline attendant Lena (Emma Watson) voluntarily admits herself to the notorious Colonia Dignidad in Chile - which presents itself as a charity (run by repulsive Michael Nyquist) but is actually a torture camp - when she finds out her boyfriend, activist and photographer Daniel (Daniel Brühl), is imprisoned there. Here's a case where an actual place of horrors (it is very loosely based on a true story) is given superficial treatment: instead of highlighting actual political problems in Chile under General Pinochet (who was one of the many monsters of the 20th century), it becomes a slightly dressed up exploitation movie, emphasizing the abusive conditions (the shock treatment, the degradation of women, child molestation) and using inane contrivances to move things forward. Watson is a politically-motivated and socially-aware performer, but appearing in cheap nonsense like this doesn't help anyone's cause.

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