Following her run in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson has had possibly the most interesting career out of any of her fellow cast members. With films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, This is the End, Noah, and her upcoming turns in Regression, Beauty and the Beast, and The Circle to name a few, I think it’s safe to say that Watson has begun an incredibly unique and unpredictable career in her post-Potter phase.
One of her upcoming films that has the potential to gain some critical buzz upon its release is Colonia. The film is led by herself and Daniel Bruhl as she fights to save him from a sect that nobody ever escaped from. Based on true events and featuring a fairly all-star cast too, the film has more than enough potential to be a solid, tense thriller.
In time with the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer for the movie has debuted online and gives a short, but satisfactory snapshot at the movie’s tone and story. Check it out below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.”
The movie looks like one of the more atmospheric thrillers to come out in the past few years that wasn’t directed by Denis Villenueve. Mikael Nyqvist’s cult leader looks creepy in all the right ways, and his character’s interaction with Watson’s looks like it could be one of the more riveting parts of the film too, as she tries to save her boyfriend before they both get killed.
Depending on how the TIFF reviews for the film end up sounding, as well as the release date it gets, the movie has the potential to be a dark horse in an awards season if its overall quality lives up to the trailer and premise’s promise. The flip on the usual Hollywood “man saves the damsel in distress” cliche is more than welcome as well. Considering Watson’s recent efforts towards gender equality too – I can’t imagine a much better choice for the role than her. Fingers crossed this one doesn’t disappoint.
Colonia does not currently have a US release date.
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