The Collection Reviews
The film starts absurd from the first scene, with a comically clichéd set up, and an increasingly absurd plot. The Collector's mechanisms are elaborate yet idiotic. His lair is an abandoned hotel seemingly in the middle of the city, populated with vagrants. The devices he utilizes seem to be a rip-off of the later Saw sequels, but with even less thought. In short, there is no element of realism to be found anywhere in the film in any way, shape, or form.
The actors are mostly bad, left to inhibit characters that are vacant of any substance, in a film devoid of wit, charm, or, especially, intelligence. It's not "so bad it's good", its "so bad its bad".
Of all the victims of this serial killer, only one has escaped. He's convinced to go back into a trap-house designed by the killer in order to find a rich mans daughter who's also been captured and may still be alive. Blood and guts, blood and guts. Is she alive and will our hero and a team of mercenaries be able to rescue her and get out alive? Who cares (KNOWS!, who KNOWS!)?
The Collection is an unoriginal movie that somehow picks up at the end, making it a decent flick. The acting was bad, it was unoriginal and the dialogue was cheesy. The ending isn't very good, mind you, but it does save The Collection. I'd say it's more entertaining than anything.
It's NOT going to the theaters to watch. I'm hesitant to say ANYONE needs to see it. BUT fans of horror would probably find some entertainment value in The Collection.
I mean, there's really not a lot to get. The attempts at resistance here provide a nice respite from the typical slash-till-all-are-dead fare. And the setting provides for a nice variety in scenes.
Still, it's all little more than a shell to provide blood and guts on screen. Some of the acting performances are pretty good, others, well, it's a slasher/horror movie. What do you expect?
The one area that the acting should have been better is from The Collector himself. Just because he wears a mask at all times shouldn't mean you can stick anyone in there to get the proper effect. We can see mouths and eyes, and those mouths and eyes look like those of a 16-year-old kid with acne--a sensation increased by the way The Collector moves. It's not an inspiration for fear. And that is a problem. A big one. They needed someone who could carry the role, even while masked.
As an entry into the crowded torture-porn subgenre of horror, The Collection is an acceptable distraction, but it's not strong enough as a movie to be more than that.