The Collapsed Reviews
The Collapsed isn't without problems though. The acting ranges from very good to feeling forced but it never comes across as campy (which is either good or bad depending on your preferences). The story is ok and considering this is post apocalyptic fare done on a very limited budget, what they pull off without being able to close roads, etc. is amazing. Where many find fault is in the attempt at creating suspense. The film is essentially only suspense as there is very little payoffs. This works at first imo but without really good payoffs, the audience has a tendency to get a little bored. Some of this seems to be decisions based on budget constraints and what the filmmakers felt they could achieve with what they had available to them but others are clearly part of the story as a whole.
Something that can be said is that despite the aspects that might find themselves used extensively in art film The Collapsed never goes overboard with pretensive ideas and keeps the film as simple as possible and grounded in a way that's similar to the television show Lost.
The Collapsed isn't a great and entertaining film but it isn't a bad watch at all. I'd say it's more a show piece of the talents of those involved and shows that these guys and gals might be able to create something truly magical given the necessary resources.
So, the family has been stuck in the city during the apocalypse. They're running out of hiding places from all the crazies lurking about. The father of the group decides they head to Dover's Bend. Supposedly they'll be safe there, but really it's not safe anywhere. You see aside from the savages taking over, there's a strange invisible force that's stalking the family. In one such scene, father and son go walking in the woods until a noise is heard sending both into a panic frenzy of not knowing what it is that surrounds them. The son firing off a shot at whatever it is that's creeping toward him. What could this invisible force be? Does it have anything to do with the collapse of civilization? Or is there some other force at work here that may be more human than supernatural?
The family dynamic slows this film down. The father and son banter plays like an ABC family channel episode. Also there's too much walking and walking and walking. On a plus side though, the soundtrack was great. It brought an intensity to mundane "suspense"-like scenes which were more laughable as was the horrible acting. I did like the direction which kept me involved all the way to it's twist ending. Yes a twist ending. Sometimes they work, but not here. It only made it slightly worse. I would give this film one star, but like I mentioned the soundtrack and direction were top notch. Two stars are good enough.
Even for a low but get student film.