The Colony

Canadian movie The Colony is set in the year 2045, when climate change has decimated the planet and the survivors huddle from the new Ice Age in underground bunkers (or “colonies”). One day, (spoiler alert) the Colonists from Bunker 7 receive a distress signal from over at Bunker 5, and a small, mis-matched group heads out to investigate. When they find what the problem is, they come home again, and then they are attacked by cannibals and then those few who remain alive leave the Bunker altogether.

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So while it’s all well and good to see the Canadians playing the US at their own (low-budget, CGI gorefest) game, the point is, it is their game. All of the ideas here are poached from other tales you’ll have seen somewhere else American before. It’s not badly acted or anything. Locations are atmospheric too – it filmed on an abandoned NORAD base in Canada’s North Bay. It’s just the plot; it reminded me of nothing more than that old nursery rhyme about the Grand Old Duke of York and his ten thousand bored men – an exercise in futility.

Frozen

Late in the day, two extremely cute boys, and some arbitrary chick scam a free pass on a chairlift at a ski resort. Through a cruel twist of fate, the lift stops with them dangling high above the snow, and then the lights go off, and the temperature drops, and the resort staff go home – not just for the night, mind, but for the week. What would you do? With the drop? The hungry wolf pack? The frostbite? That whining girl?

Frozen doesn’t, as it has been billed, “do for skiing what Jaws did for swimming.” But still, it all sort of works. Did I mention the extremely cute boys? There. That’s my last word on the matter. Frozen filmed in Snowbasin, Utah, the oldest continuously operating ski resort in the US, and one of the main venues of the Utah Winter Olypiad. Fact sheet here.