Just terrible. What could have been an interesting exercise in making the relationship between Pinochet and the events that took place at Colonia Dignidad during his reign complicit instead winds up as turgid melodrama highlighting the dramatic shortcomings of a very miscast Emma Watson. Mind you her performance is stellar compared to the mugging of Michael Nyqvist. Dramatically flawed and historically insulting.
It's an interesting reimagining of the true story of the Colonia Dignidad in Pinochet's revolutionary Chile. Solid engaging performances from Watson, Brühl, and Nyqvist; but the second act of the film seemed to be searching aimlessly for substance. I think a further exploration into the connections between Pinochet and the colony could've made this movie a lot better.
Although Daniel and Emma's characters were completely fictional; the dreadful place of "Colonia Dignidad" wasn't. Not really sure how I feel about this film, but I can tell that if it wasn't based on a piece of history, I would have thought it was far from okay. Unmistakably predictable and unaffecting. It's one of those films you just wanted to see, but walked out of it unstirred and far from pleased.