Life of the Party:
It's a post-apocalyptic survival-horror film. You've seen The Colony maybe a dozen times before, with key details changed to encompass a large variety of disasters, reasons to leave relative safety, and bad guys. And while this movie is hardly the leader of this pack, it is at least decently made and produced; so if you're looking for a middle-film in your survival-horror movie night, then The Colony could certainly find it's way into this coveted spot where most people are now too drunk to really care what they're watching, but don't want it to be so bad as to spoil the party.
Is it just me, or does that look ripped right out of Mass Effect?
There is really nothing stand-out in this film. Which is somewhat disappointing with names like Fishburne and Paxton on the front cover (well...OK, maybe not THAT disappointing, but you get my point). There's so little originality or risk in this film that I for one felt somewhat let down.
Though if I did have to make one major complaint, it's that I feel the pacing of The Colony was way off, and that the story needed a rewrite. What would be the mid-film climax in most movies is the ending of The Colony, and what would normally be considered the building up is the climax. They spend so much time building the scene and the suspense that it seems like they forgot that the story needs a proper ending, and so instead we get cheated out of a proper one. Plus there's a major plot point (won't say what here, but you may be able to guess?) that comes up, promises to have a huge impact on the story, but is then never resolved because we're out of runtime.
Game over man!
The Vibe: Casual Gathering
The Colony isn't necessarily a “bad” movie; it falls into more of the “meh” category of film. Nothing will wow you, but nothing will completely turn you away (well, maybe one scene of gore, but that's about it). For it to achieve maximum effect, I highly recommend making it maybe the second film of your movie night (for reasons stated previously).
+/- Nothing really great, nothing really bad
Drinking Game Ideas:
~ Drink every time someone mentions having a “choice”
~ Drink every time someone mentions the snow/ice age/cold
~ Drink whenever someone mentions “supplies”