The Collector


Top heart-thumping torture thriller

Not an adap of the John Fowles novel, The Collector instead is a ludicrous, gratuitous torture porn with an idiotic ending. But within those boundaries it’s absolutely at the top of its game.

Saw alumnus Marcus Dunstan brings tension, ingenuity and, surprisingly, heart, to his genre-switching, arm-chewing directing debut, where Michael Reilly Burke’s charismatic burglar stumbles upon a tricked-out house whose inhabitants are being abused by a nutter.

The format isn’t new but the genius is in the fiendish execution – an excruciating extended room to room chase dodging all manner of nasties.

It’s everything that Saw was and isn’t any more.

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    • joeymac

      Dec 20th 2010, 14:54


      My word, this film was spectacularly terrible. It shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as the first Saw film, unless they're being compared in a How Not To Do It fashion. One of them asks you to suspend disbelief; forego lunch; enjoy the twist; discuss immediately afterwards. The other asks you to invent the storyline for yourself; completely ignore reality; laugh at the gore; ask for your money back. There is absolutely no reason for anything that happens in The Collector. None whatsoever. I thought one of the prerequisites for reviewing a film was that you watched it first. Or is that a thing of the past?

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