Runtime: 1h 30m
Director: Marcus Dunstan
Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
Stars: Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández
Double Feature Fodder:
You’re Next (2011) But actually, don’t make it a double feature. Just watch You’re Next.
Initial: Wasn’t aware that there is a Collector franchise and almost watched the second one first. I’d heard that this movie and reality aren’t on speaking terms, so maybe that wouldn’t have hurt the experience.
Production Notes: This is not the 1965 movie based on a John Fowles novel.
What Did I Think:
Setting: To me it seemed like all the events of this movie took place in, like, a twelve hour period. Dude leaves work, his employers are going on vacation, he goes and talks to his wife and his fence, and then he returns to rob the house. But the insane amount of traps added to the house would take days to put in place. Despite spending the majority of the movie in this house, I never got a good feel for the layout of the building. I also wasn’t a fan of the editing or the excess non-diegetic noises.
Characters: I gave this movie an actual whole star on Letterboxd because I have a soft spot for the thief-with-a-heart trope and I respect non-annoying kid characters. I’m not convinced that Arkin shouldn’t have gotten out of the house to call the cops and let Hannah continue to pull a Newt until backup arrived.
Plot: So . . . why was the house booby-trapped? In the first scene of the movie, a different guy was “collected,” seemingly by being physically over-powered. Skip ahead to the night in question: When Arkin arrives at the house, the Collector already has Mr. and Mrs. Chase. Hannah, the little girl, is somewhere in the house, but if the traps are for her, it’s overkill. Older daughter Jill and her boyfriend wouldn’t have been that hard to deal with when they showed up. Also, why trap the house if the intent is to blow it up? Why did the Collector bring his previous victim along? Did he blow up that guy’s house too? Was the Collector actually waiting for Arkin? (Which I’m not sure makes any sense, but at this point, what does?) I don’t even care why the Collector collects. I’m just confused by the change in MO. Are the traps just because this film was originally pitched as a Saw prequel?