Friday, 25 January 2013

The Collection (2012)

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since The Collector, and at that time it was seen very much that The Collector would fill the void left by the Saw movies. Now in The Collection the story picks up from where The Collector left off.

Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is the daughter of a wealthy man, who will do anything to keep her safe. When she heads out for a night at an underground nightclub, she is far from expecting the bloodbath she walks into. This club has become the latest trap for The Collector, who turns the whole club into a series of bloody booby-traps, those not hacked up by the giant combine harvester on the dance floor fall foul of flying blades in the corridor. That is everyone except Elena, who in her final moments of clarity comes across Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only survivor from the original movie. Arkin manages to escape the trap, and is soon persuaded by a group of mercenaries to head back to The Collector’s lair and free the imprisoned Elena, but The Collector’s deadliest traps are reserved for his home ground. 

Rather like the original Collector, the Collection starts in a fairly lackluster style. But this is only a temporary break in flow, before you have had chance to soak up the enormous opening scene nightclub massacre, you are back in familiar territory. Director Marcus Dunstan (along with screenwriter Patrick Melton) takes us back into the realms of horror the viewer is familiar with in the Saw movies. This writing/directing duo are treading familiar water, having delivered not only The Collector, but several of the Saw movies, along with writing contributions in Feast. Like Saw the power of The Collector is that his traps, and his backstory are as varied as Jigsaw’s.

The Collection is fairly generic chop and slash material, with a fairly high body count; in fact few movies have quite the body count of this installment. When it comes to viewing entertainment, it’s a real no-brainer, no real though involved and some nice twists and turns. Once the story kicks in the running time goes passed like the blink of an eye, which is of course an added bonus. 

Dunstan does what he does best, as the movie continues he gets more and more creative, so by the time we reach the conclusion it feels an awful lot like a long music video, the music kicks in, the visuals step up a gear.

The Collection is exactly what it says on the tin, its good bloody fun, and in typical style from these guys it leaves the movies close wide open, maybe by 2016 we’ll be graced with a third chapter.

The Collection hits DVD and Blu-ray in the UK this summer. 

Score: 6.5/10

Spencer Hawken

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