- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

British moviegoers don’t seem to be entranced by Emma Watson’s latest film, her first leading role since portraying Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” franchise. Miss Watson’s “Colonia” — titled “The Colony” in the U.K. — brought in a mere £47 ($61) at the British box office over the weekend, The Guardian newspaper reported.

“The Colony stars Watson as a woman attempting to infiltrate a cult in order to rescue her husband (Daniel Brühl), who is being held in Colonia Dignidad, a religious community that, in real-life, was founded by Wehrmacht officer and Hitler Youth veteran Paul Schäfer,” The Guardian explained. “The film, which had a distribution plan built on home-streaming, was released on video on demand on Friday, the same day as a token release in three UK cinemas.”

The movie, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, hasn’t exactly left critics spellbound, either. According to the movie-review website Rotten Tomatoes, “Colonia” was liked by a mere 21 percent of reviewers who screened it.

The British newspaper’s own reviewer complained the film suffered from “dodginess, plot-holes the size of Saturn’s rings and an ending pinched from Ben Affleck’s Argo.” 

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