Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Collector (2009) - Movie Marathon Drive-Thru Review: Film #19

On the Menu:

Ingredients: Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth, Michael Reilly Burke, Madeline Zima, Juan Fernández and Karley Scott Collins. Directed by Marcus Dunstan. Run time: 90 minutes. Rated: R.

At First Bite: Sinister booby traps galore when a handyman attempts to steal a rare jewel from his latest employer's home. Goosebumps. Obviously, not a remake of the 1965 Terence Stamp flick, which is what I originally thought it was upon hearing the title.

Tough to Swallow: Jill's shirt disappears and reappears in her make-out scene.

Arkin apparently smokes Camels, but gets them out of a Marlboro pack. Interesting.

The Additional Photography section in the closing credits is misspelled as Addittional Photography.

Something to Chew On: Clu Gulager's son, Tom, appears as Officer Gulager.

Fernández, who plays The Collector, is better known for playing Miguel in CROCODILE DUNDEE II. Well, at least to me he is.

There was a Thank You credit for "That guy who kept taping his face," and Special No Thanks to "The guy who tried to blow up Joe's Bar and Whoever stole Karlak's watch."

A short scene appears after the credits.

Aftertaste: Wasn't hard to pick out the bad guy from the start, but still trying to figure out how he had the time to set up all those booby traps. Didn't necessarily like the end, but can't say that I didn't see it coming. Maybe the SAW peeps will turn to THE COLLECTOR for a new Halloween franchise.

The first sequel THE COLLECTION is said to be released in 2011, but there's no specific date yet. Stewart will reprise his role as Arkin, but, sadly, Fernández has apparently been replaced as the antagonist.

The creep factor is high. The gore factor is high. I like the soundtrack. The acting is so-so, but it is nice to see Andrea Roth again. I remember seeing CROSSWORLDS (1997) in high school and thinking she was going to be hot stuff. Aside from the Statham movie WAR, her biggest roles to date have been on "Rescue Me" and "Blue Bloods."

I digress.

You'll enjoy this if you like SAW or its successors. 


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