A young woman’s (Emma Watson) desperate search for her abducted boyfriend (Daniel Bruhl) draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, an ex-Nazi cult from which no one has ever escaped.


What We Thought:

Colonia has a really great performance from Emma Watson. Daniel Bruhl also continues to impress me.

Watson plays a flight attendant who falls in love with Bruhl, a German living in Chile. Bruhl is an activist and gets taken prisoner for taking photographs. While trying to find him, she gets thrown into an cult run by a former Nazi. Escape is the only option.

Call me ignorant, but I knew nothing about Colonia Dignidad. I knew nothing about any cults in Chile or any civil unrest. I did know former Nazis escaped to South America after World War II and seemed to have freedom to do whatever they wanted down there. But that’s all the information I had prior to watching the film.

Watson shines in this dramatic role. I never got into Harry Potter, but the more I see of Watson, the more I see how great she is. I can see her winning an Oscar at some point in her career. If she’s only 26 now and can handle roles like this already, just imagine what she’ll be doing over the next 20 years. She plays opposite Bruhl who’s ten plus years older than she is. She goes toe to toe with Michael Nyqvist who is 30 years her senior.

Bruhl is also quite good. He handles the torture scenes brilliantly and you really get an idea of who his character is. The man stuck to his convictions through and through. Nyqvist was scary good as the former Nazi Paul Schafer. He is the leader of the cult and there’s scenes with children that will make your skin crawl.

The Blu-ray looks really good. Colors are flat and muted to reflect the time and cult lifestyle. Audio is top notch with easy to hear dialogue. The bonus features have some good interviews to listen to.

Colonia is a really good period piece with even better performances. Not knowing anything about the events helped me enjoy it more because I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t know the outcome. I won’t even hint at it for those who are like me and ignorant about that time period. It’s well made, looks good and Watson continues to flourish as an actress. For all those reasons, it is…


Bonus Features

  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes with Interviews from Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist, and Academy Award winning director Florian Gallenberger

Cast & Crew:

  • Emma Watson
  • Daniel Bruhl
  • Michael Nyqvist

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