Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Collection

Cast: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Lee Tergesen,Randall Archer
Direction: Marcus Dunstan
Genre: Action
Duration: 1 hour 22 minutes

Story: You survive the ravages of a masked serial killer called The Collector. The last thing you want to do is walk right back to him to save someone you don't even know. Arkin (Stewart) is blackmailed into doing just that. Some people have all the tough luck!

Movie Review: This movie's a sequel. And I'll be curt here. Don't bother with the first film (The Collector), touted to be a successor of the 'Saw' series. Here's a recap of what happened in that film: Arkin, a petty thief, gets trapped in a mansion while picking a safe. A masked murderer enters, tortures and kills everyone inside the house except for Arkin, whom he'collects' in a trunk.

When we meet Arkin in this film, he's in the aforementioned trunk and is set free by Elena Peters (Fitzpatrick), who's one of the revellers at a shady underground club that soon turns into a slaughterhouse, courtesy The Collector (Archer). Arkin manages to escape but is unable to save Elena, who is 'collected'.

As luck would have it, Elena's Daddy Deep-Pockets (McDonald) dispatches right-hand man Lucello (Tergesen) to convince Arkin to lead hired mercenaries to the killer, and promises "to take care of the rest". Nothing's ever as simple as that. Arkin is compelled to accompany the group into the killer's lair. Do any of them make it out alive or is it just a suicide mission?

A recap of the previous film would have been ideal but that is sacrificedto keep the movie crisp.

This film has been called many things ('torture porn' being one of them). And if you get queasy at the sight of spilled guts and grey matter, shredded skin and severed body parts and death by impaling, slashing and stabbing, you're probably better off not watching this film. But if you are a fan of the genre, The Collection is worth a watch.

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