Collapsed, The (us Version)
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My 12 year old nephew guessed the hackneyed, overused plot 'ending twist' about 10 minutes in. You will too.
So for anyone under around age 9, here's the Spoiler Alert: Dad is insane and just hallucinated everything. All of the scenes in the movie never happened as you saw them, Dad murdered his family plus everybody else, then has instant amnesia, and in the last two minutes of the film he remembers in a series of flashbacks, feels just terrible about it all, puts a bullet through his brain, and The End.
To get to that ending ' flashback twist' you have to watch a really lame cast struggle with probably the worst script ever written.
Not bad like Plan 9, Ed Woods-bad. Bad like an untalented kid with a camera just throwing together 80 minutes of garbage the absolute cheapest way he can think of so he has something to sell to DVD/cable, then cashes out and runs.
So this 'city family of 4' is homeless and on the run from some terrible, really awful TEOTWAWKI apocalypse that the director never even bothers to name. So no details, no backstory, no nothing. For the first few minutes you think he's trying to be mysterious about setting up a 'big reveal'. Then the Big Reveal never happens, the film is over, and you realize the director just didn't care enough even to specify the nature of The Big Bad Thing We're All Running From.
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Along the way they encounter other people and a hear weird noises and feel spooked out. The mystery, which you may not realize there is one, is solved at the end.
The acting was decent for a low budget. The writing and direction were also better than normal, it just that there wasn't anything there to enjoy. They didn't build character well. The "twist" was not unexpected. For seasoned film watchers this is a let down. People who don't watch a lot of horror films might find some enjoyment in it.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
But you know they are going to encounter other `humans' at some point and things are never going to go well. This features lots of camera angles with weird breathing which is there to evoke fear in the viewer and to make us think that bad things are going to happen. Whilst the father does have graphic night mares in the build up to `the twist', it is unlikely that the on screen antics will have the same effect on you.
The acting is not Academy nominee grade, but there are some convincing performances. We have the usual stupid decisions that happen in all films of this genre, the sort that nearly always lead to a demise of the miscreant or increased tension. This does work in part, and the family become more begrimed as they get further away from civilisation, which is a nice nod to realism.
Overall though this is not that entertaining, it drags in the middle and the action is sporadic at best, the saving grace is the kick in the tail and that was actually the only thing that pulled this back from a lower rating than I have awarded. If you like all things `horror', then this will never be on your `A' list, but you still may want to see, if you only want a quality fright-fest, then best to not bother.
It's very easy to sum up this film. It's a pretty bad movie, but as far as bad movies go, it's actually not too bad. It's very comparable to a Syfy channel movie. Low budget, unknown actors, not too good effects. It has some merit, but it also has some really cringe-worthy moments, as you would expect. Some may not make it past the pretty awful opening scene, but it gets better. The young woman (I can't help it, she's a decent actor, but it's hard to ignore the obvious similarities) kept reminding me of a discount Anna Kendrick. The son was awkward but had some good scenes. The mother . . . eh. The father is the best actor.
There's not much to say. It's pretty much a "B" movie, but it's a decent one. If you can bear the awkward moments and actually enjoy yourself, it's a pretty well directed piece, plus it creates a nice atmosphere to boot. One of the main plot points comes to nothing, but then again the movie has twists that I applauded. The Collapsed isn't some two and a half hour movie you have to sit through, it's a slim 80 minutes, and for the relatively short investment of time, the movie provides enough entertainment to make it worth it.
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