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January 4, 2015
Good suspenseful movie !
½ April 24, 2014
What Is Most Attractive Are The Non-Conformed Elements. A Quietly Brooding Piano Soundtrack, The Resounded Fatefulness Of Each Character & A Director Who Knows What He's Doing. A Devious But Deeply Thought-Out Take On American Deprivity.
Super Reviewer
½ March 28, 2014
Slow moving, but really quite enjoyed this. Interesting story about a writer who returns home to visit his mother after a professional set back. He revisits the girl he left behind and gets into more than he bargained for with the neighbour, a 57 year old man who has never left home and has a few issues of his own.
Definitely an original story, and the usual good acting you can expect from Martin Donovan.
January 15, 2014
watching this was a powerful experience for me. Thank you.
½ December 26, 2013
Why is this listed as a comedy?
December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

(2012) Collaborator
PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMA/ THRILLER

Written, directed and starred by Martin Donovan centering on a situation, he plays screenplay writer Robert Longfellow who upon coming home to visit his mother for reasons unclear. But for the first 30 or 40 minutes into the film Robert revaluate old times including a publicized widowed actress who he still has feelings for. And then his neighbor Gus (David Morse) who lives across the street from him takes him hostage.

I liked the bonding scenes when Robert converses with Gus about how to become a successful screenwriter, but the ending is a real downer which the center character leaves viewers somewhat wanting to know more.

2 out of 4 stars
August 8, 2013
Fascinating character study, highlighted by strong performances from Martin Donovan and David Morse. Also written and directed by Martin Donovan, it's kind of stagey at times but ultimately quite satisfying.
½ July 24, 2013
Hm, this movie follows a path the viewer is not expecting, at least I didn't. It wasn't a good choice in my opinion, because in essence, the initial path until that moment, the first half of the movie, was an entertaining and interesting one. The character built-up was short, but effective, and the acting from both main character Robert (Martin Donovan) and loser Gus (David Morse) was very good. The mentioned choice for a no-win stand-off with the police instead of an interesting fling and movie idea with a hollywood hottie was a poor one. Sure, it had it's positive moments as well. For instance, it was at least a concious choice which the movie put all their effort in, leading to good and thought- provoking acting scenes. However, the police stand-off choice predominantly had a negative effect on the films quality. For instance, the many phonecalls that interrupted the whole thing and thereby the lacking the physical contact between those calling characters made it all feel a little fake and made-up. The worst thing: we didn't get to see what kind of relationship Robert had with his old flame or what his family meant to him. Nothing of that anymore, just a hurt wife and worried ex. Having said all that, I really need to say this movie was entertaining and good, just not an exceptional one.
Super Reviewer
May 10, 2013
I had wondered where Martin Donovan had gone after being a staple in so many Hal Hartley films. It turns out that he was preparing to do this one..an act/direct job that is sharply written and benefits from two wonderful character actors. David Morse is unbelievable.
½ April 2, 2013
poor writing, poor plot, poor acting xept David. Martin my man, you're on the blacklist
March 15, 2013
8 av 10. Sjukt annorlunda och jävligt bra.
½ March 12, 2013
Entertainment One's latest crime thriller (if one can venture to call it that) is one of those movies that must be watched more than once to be fully appreciated. It has been received to largely mixed reviews. Chances are that those who gave the movie bad marks perhaps didn't give it more than a passing glance in their first viewing of this not so ordinary story. It is not a movie that fits perfectly into every critic's comfort zone. Rather, it delves into a far more psychological and emotional place through the pairing of Gus (David Morse) and Robert (Martin Donovan). What audiences get in the pair's story is a story of two men who know each other like brothers. And just as with brothers, the pair have tensions hidden just below the surface that come out when Gus takes Robert hostage after having killed a liquor store clerk.

Part of the reason that this movie doesn't fit nicely into the mold of so many critics is that it comes across ironically like one of writer/director Martin Donovan's own personal works. It takes place within the confines of one set--the home of Robert's mother. Most of the pair's time is spent in the home's living room. Through their discussions, one can infer that having known each other through the better part of each other's lives, there is perhaps some jealousy on the part of Gus toward Robert because of Robert's success. Yet through that jealousy, audiences still see a certain bond between the pair that makes for an intriguing dichotomy. This mix of personalities eventually leads the pair to a final climactic moment that will ultimately leave audiences' completely surprised and shocked by the story's end.

For the drama inside the house, one can't help but laugh at the seeming social commentary on the general public toward instances such as the standoff. Both Gus and Robert's mother sit outside the house waiting the next developments. At times, their mouths hang agape, eyes wide. It represents what so much of the public does at such cases. Perhaps the funniest moment shared outside the house comes when Robert's mother pulls out her asthma inhaler, proceeds to use it and then is offered a cigarette by one of her friends. It's all audiences can do to laugh at the irony. It's one more aspect that makes this underrated and underappreciated story worth at least one watch by anyone that has enough of an open mind.
February 27, 2013
A solid, character-based drama that speaks to the disappointments of middle age and mortality in general, Collaborator doesn't let anyone off the hook -- not even the viewer.
½ January 10, 2013
Overall it was boring and many of the scenes felt....well scripted, especially the scene between Donovan and Williams. I also didn't like political ramblings at the end. I will say I haven't seen Morse play that type of character before.
½ September 17, 2012
It's hard to want a better first time performance at the director and writer chair. Also I really liked they way they used music to set the tone and the mood.
July 22, 2012
Dull. Did not finish it.
July 18, 2012
Fresh off the Karlovy Vary prize winning premiere (David Morse won Best Actor, the film won the Critic's Prize), US Festival premieres about to be announced.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ July 9, 2012
After two straight flops on Broadway, playwright Robert Longfellow(Martin Donovan, who also wrote and directed) needs to desperately recharge his batteries. So, he returns home to Los Angeles to visit his mother(Katherine Helmond) while his wife Alice(Melissa Auf der Maur) and two children stay behind. While there, he is hired to do some script doctoring before meeting with Emma(Olivia Williams), an actress and old friend, who has better ideas, not only professionaly but personally. Seeing as how Robert is so busy, it might be understandable how he has not been able to find the time to have a beer with Gus(David Morse), a friend from the neighborhood.

"Collaborator" is a movie that defly defies expectations and cliches by taking a low key approach to the material. The lone exception is a remarkable emotional explosion that one character has kept pent up for decades to thankfully express an opinion which I have also been waiting a long time for somebody else to bring up, even if it has to come from a character who is so smug. Since they were shaped in different ways by the same incident, Robert probably looks at Gus in a 'there but for the grace of you-know-who, go I' kind of way; clues to which are slowly revealed throughout the movie. In other words, Robert cannot escape his past, just as his present is unraveling, despite his success in life.
July 8, 2012
More Hollywood propaganda
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