Sub-Genre- Slasher/Torture Porn
Cast Members of Note- Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth, Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke, Karley Scott Collins, and Juan Fernandez as The Collector!
This is a story about a loser named Arkin who is behind on his child support, and decides to steal an expensive uncut gem to catch himself up. He partners with a seedy pimp, scouts out a house, installs their windows, plans a robbery, and basically ruins his entire life in the process. You have to imagine that any guy named Arkin is prone to mess up his life somehow though, right?
|Arkin, in red.|
|A really sick way to hurt someone, in Yellow.|
|The Collector! (in black)|
|What's in the box ?!?|
The Collector managed to far exceed any expectations that I had for the movie, and left be a bit breathless when all was said and done. I think the cat-and-mouse thing that went on throughout the movie is what really got me, because it was so good and felt natural where many movies use the same device and it feels forced. Tension is the name of the game in this one, and the level of tension the film maintains throughout is fairly palpable.
It also struck me how the director used so many different colors throughout the movie. Reds blues, yellows... I tried to use pictures that showed the color schemes off a bit to illustrate it visually, because I found it all so interesting. Also, I could be way off base, but I swear that one particular scene was a nod to the color-rich cinematography genius of Dario Argento... It just had to be.
|Argento tribute, in blue.|
I have one nagging gripe about this movie, and that is how in the hell did The Collector have time to set up so many effective traps all over the house, between the time our hero leaves and returns to look for the gem? It's a small complaint, but man there were traps everywhere, and some of them weren't so simple, so it just makes me wonder. Maybe he's just had a lot of practice?
Ha! This movie is packed to the rafters with sick, twisted, and copious amounts of blood and gore, and I have to imagine it will satisfy most gore hounds out there.
Oh yes, we get to see the sexy Madeline Zima in all of her boob glory, and it is good. Glorious even. Of course, The Collector's meddling ass had to interrupt the sex scene, ruining what I believe would have been full nudity scrumping, and possibly some bondage, but the boobs were a win none the less.
|Oh, sweet Jesus.|
Don't steal. Also, never go back for the kid; kids are cunning, they can survive on their own.
A (9.0/10) This movie was packed with so much nastiness and tension, that all I could say after watching it was "Damn!" Not since the first Saw movie have I been fairly blown away by a "fresh" concept and it's execution equally. I'm sorry I missed this one in theaters last summer, but am glad I caught it on DVD. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to snag a copy when it hits DVD on April 6th.
Andrea Roth and Madeline Zima are special, special girls... in fact, let's take a look at more Madeline in the post below...