Summary Arkin escapes with his life from the vicious grips of "The Collector"
during an entrapment party where he adds beautiful Elena to his
"Collection." Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly
abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena's wealthy
father. Arkin is blackmailed to team up with the mercenaries and track
down The Collector's booby trapped warehouse and save Elena. Genre : Horror Country : USA Cast : Josh Stewart : Arkin Emma Fitzpatrick : Elena Randall Archer : The Collector Director : Marcus Dunstan
cut your balls off and feed them to you”
Are you a fan of "Saw" and other related torture movies, this will be your cup of tea. But if you were tired of the whole "Saw" saga after part three, you better skip "The Collection" because you can't call it very original. This sequel to "The Collector" (which I've never seen) begins impressive, has an anticipated open end and is terribly boring in the middle, with ridiculously improbable situations. It's never really exciting and ultimately it becomes a cat and mouse game in a big, abandoned hotel, full of deadly and insane booby traps and with rooms that look more surreal as time goes by. To make it somewhat entertaining, I recommend to get a scarf and hat and equip yourself with bells and flags, so that you can encourage the contestants as a real enthusiastic supporter.
Because of the short running time, there's no wasting of time at the beginning of the film. In a flash, we're informed that the city is attacked by a ruthless serial killer called "The Collector". We meet Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) being towed along by some friends to an obscure secret nightclub. After a skirmish there with her boyfriend, she discovers a suitcase with Arkin (Josh Stewart) trapped in it. Arkin is a victim of the first film who survived and escaped his imprisonment. Only the nightmare starts back again here and short after you'll get to see the most hallucinatory massacre ever. I did something I rarely do. I re-watched that part twice in a row. Once this bloody part is over, you can say that you've watched the best part and from here on it's just a very long carnage. The creators of the film (especially the writer Patrick Melton, who is also responsible for "Saw IV, V, VI and VII") paid more attention to the level of sadism than the story itself. You can easily guess what'll come next. Elena is kidnapped by "The Collector" and Arkin is recruited as a guide for a group of mercenaries to rescue her out of the hands of this sadist.
Putting this filmin the same leagueas"Saw", is for the lattera littleunworthy.The concept of "Saw" was of averydifferent natureandwasput together somewhatsubtler.I must admit that"Saw"impressed me. "Jigsaw" kidnappedpeoplebecause he felttheydeservedit, because ofthe sinsthey have committedin the past.The choice theyhad wasto save themselvesfromtheir situation in a painful wayorsimplydie. "The Collector" had no exact plan in mind in my opinion. He's simply apsychopathwho transforms his victimsinto grotesqueartworks and saves it in formaldehyde. Or heuses them as a favorite pastimeandtorturesthembrutally. His identityis not revealedinthis film.It remains asinisterstrangerwho occasionally puts on amaskandstartskilling brutally.
It's totally absurd to talk about character development, because that's missing completely. First you have the seemingly invincible killer who has a built-in GPS system because he always appears at the right time and in the right place in this fairly large hotel. And next we have a bunch of mercenaries who will solve the problem. The fact that the one they are hunting just reshaped a whole gang of disco goers into ready-to-eat barbecue packets, apparently doesn't impress them and they enter unfamiliar terrain seemingly carefree. Their fate is also in hands of one person who knew where this lugubrious building was situated just by using clues he carved into his arm. I would clear off and leave the job to a whole army of soldiers.
Thereare alsoinexplicablemoments inthis film.The way theyfree themselves out of the metal cageis nonsense. Andespecially if yousee howthat person swings into action afterwards, as if it's hunky dory.Mostserial killersin otherslashermovieshaveamotiveand a pattern.This "Collector" guy apparentlydoesn't have a clue about any plan and just goes on doing stuff.He kills, chops andcutsaround, slices and assemblesbodies, torturesandtormentswhen he hastime. Heusesall kinds ofinstruments to achieve his goal(not likeMichael Myerswhoinvariablyuses abutcher knife) andalsohe drugs a whole bunch ofvictimsso they can be usedasan armyof zombiesagainst intruders.And that's not all. He also has a collection ofragingdogs andtarantulas. Yousee,there'senoughvariation.
Ultimately, it's just amediocrefilm with a great deal of attentionforthe traps and thebloodyeffectsof them.It's a tough film andthe pace isvery fast.So fast thatyou mayhave missed some slaughtering.Don't worry !In the end yougetasecond chanceto watch it again during theend credits. The endinvites for asuccessor, but I'm sure I'm going to skipit.