Even though the colony itself is inspired by the real Chilean cult Colonia Dignidad, the story is pure fantasy, which is at the centre of why it’s so disappointing. Making it a romantic drama/rescue mission trivialises the reality of these camps and the issues they raise. Starting as a tense political thriller, everything once we get inside the camp is creepy cliches, meaning the emotional weight evaporates. The cast throw themselves into the grimness, and Watson in particular gives it everything as she spars with the deranged cult leader (played brilliantly by Michael Nyqvist).
While tense in parts, The Colony's narrative failings mean it is more unsettling than unmissable.