Director: Marcus Dunstan.
Cast: Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández, Karley Scott Collins, Madeline Zima.
Whats It About
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer’s country home, unaware that a second criminal(The Collector) has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps(and there were some ugly ass traps, mind you!).
The best part of the movie is, the mindless fun we get. Filled with gore, a badass killer and a sympathy-worthy “hero”.
What made this “trapped in a house with a killer inside” film a success is that, THE WHOLE THING WORKED. In the countryside, a bigass house of a richass guy, escaping the tricky traps while not getting caught, it all felt natural and not forced. One can argue that this is not a original story or whatever but that’s the point. It doesn’t want to be taken as a oscar-worthy gem and knows what they are dealing with(unlike a LOT of movies lately) and gives us a mindless slasher(or torture porn or survival) flick. The film should not be judged by it’s originality, it’s the entertainment value that matters here. The bottom line is, the cat and mouse game was perfect entertainment!
The use of different color schemes were fresh and interesting. Red, yellowish-green(mostly), blue, orange etc. it was really neat.
A moment now, should be taken to praise Josh Stewart. The guy did a bang-up job and he played one of the two characters in the movie I cared for. He reminds me a bit of Edward Norton though. However, I wish Stewart is taken seriously as an actor.
How did The Collector prepare all those traps in such short time? Then again, one can argue he is in this line of business for a long time. So, maybe he is an expert by now?
To be honest, except for Stewart’s character and the little kid, I didn’t care for any of the others.
And why exactly was The Collector collecting, whatever it was that he was collecting(tough sentence but no spoilers!! 😀 )? I have no idea what the answer is.
Violence & Gore
Yes, the there is more gore than there is violence. But Arkin vs. The Collector bit was awesome. As for the gore, think big! Yes, the gore-lovers is definitely gonna love this. There are two scenes of animals getting killed brutally(a cat and a dog), so strong animal-lovers BEWARE.
Turn off the switch of your head/brain, take a drink, sit back and enjoy! That’s how you are gonna love it.