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THE COLLAPSED
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Justin McConnell

Starring:
Vincent Thomas
Steve Vieira
Stefano Gallo

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What's it about
A family in a post-apocalyptic world heads to the woods and away from civilization to survive. What they don't know is, they can't hide from the apocalypse, and there's something in the woods that is watching their every move.
Is it good movie?
The end of the world. Post-apocalyptic America. The zombie apocalypse. These are all themes of the coming of the end of days, end of civilization, and the end of humanity as we know it, thus making for a rather solid setting for a movie. From THE ROAD to most recently, THE DIVIDE, these type of flicks generally invoke responses of terror, horror, and maybe most of all, depression. Yup, these movies are depressing as f*ck. And then there’s THE COLLAPSED, a super low-budget indie flick that plays up the end of the world, but with a small twist that sort of sets it apart from the pack.

The film follows a family of four (parents and their 2 adult children) as they attempt to survive the apocalypse by heading into the forest and taking their chances with nature. Ok, so it starts out like THE ROAD or even THE WALKING DEAD in some regards, but let’s face it—for a low budget flick, it’s the best situation possible as there’s not much to fake in terms of showing a forest void of people. Masked men with machine guns are on their tale as well as another unseen and deadly force, which is likely the reason for the whole end of humanity to begin with, is also amongst them in the woods (again, THE ROAD comes to mind with the crazy f*ckers in the woods chasing them down).

So as a concept, THE COLLAPSED works really well. The filmmaking is top notch, the cinematography is polished, and it feels (more or less) like a big budget Hollywood picture. They also do this thing with focusing on the woods and their whole environment that was actually pretty cool. Also, the musical score is actually spot-on, as it adds to most (if not all) of the film’s tension, escalating moments that would normally not be that big of a deal into something more.

However, what almost out-right killed this movie for me were the performances of the entire cast (save for the main dude, who was merely mediocre). The mother being the worse, with the daughter not far behind—seriously, these two were painful to watch. Every time they opened their mouths I felt like I was watching some high school drama production, only worse. And the mom—she didn’t even have to open her mouth to start being extraordinarily annoying and not worth a grain of salt in the acting department. Seriously, how did they (especially the mother) get this gig? She had to of have been the only one to audition because these two were just ridiculous. So ridiculous that they practically made the movie unwatchable—lucky for us, they’re not in the entire thing. That said, the brother isn’t all that much better, nor are “the others” that show up at the end. For as solid as the production and the filmmaking is (for their budget and whatnot), the performances by the actors almost ruin the whole thing.

That aside, THE COLLAPSED offers what you’d expect to get out of a post-apocalyptic movie with a pretty good twist at the end that I only slightly saw coming. It’s a small film that aims to do big things and does so for the most part, making it a watchable experience overall, through I was keeping an eye on the clock as it drags here and there (and since it’s only 80 minutes or so, the fact that I was checking the clock isn’t a good thing, but like I said… it’s watchable).

Video / Audio
Video: The film's 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation was spot-on, making it look polished and professional, with a larger budget than I'm sure it actually had. Props!

Audio: 5.1 Surround or 2.0 Stereo/Surround, whatever's your pleasure. The music is actually one of the better parts of the movie, so in that regards, the sound was good. Otherwise though, it's a standard mix.

The Extras
Apocalypse on a Budget: The Making of The Collapsed: If you wanna check out this 71-minute documentary, you have to go to a web site or scan the code on your TV with your mobile device. I get that this is the age of the internet, but seriously? They can't slap a making-of featurette here, they have send you to a website to check it out? Lame.

Music Video - Rob Kleiner "Devil in Disguise": One of the key song's music videos is presented, and since the tune is kind of catchy, makes this for a solid music video (with clips from the film inserted here and there along with the artist and his guitar).

Original Score Jukebox & Free Album Download: Now this is cool--you can check out the entire soundtrack to the film and listen to all of the tracks on your TV--and then head to a website for a free download of the whole thing, MP3-style. It's actually a pretty cool soundtrack, so this here feature is actually pretty great.

Trailers: One teaser and two full-length trailers are provided for your viewing pleasure.

Cast & Crew Bios: If you hate checking out IMDb, then this little feature might interest you, as the full bios of everyone involved is provided, including short filmographies of all the key players.

Artwork & Photo Gallery: Behind the scene stuff, official stills, and art (both concept and final) are presented here for your perusal. Commentary by director Justin McConnell & co-producer Kevin Hutchinson and Commentary by actor John Fantasia: Two commentaries, three people involved, all for the price of one. They're not bad, each one giving a little bit of a different view of the whole production, and different stories about scenes and the whole making-of process. Suggested only if you dug the hell out of the movie, though, otherwise it's a tad bit tiresome.

Last Call
THE COLLAPSED offers what most post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world movies deliver: a nightmarish America, a group of people doing what they can to survive, and a look at humanity when all civilized rules are lost and tossed out the window. The decent twist ending almost makes up for the horrendous performances by most involved, as does the quality of talent behind the camera, but as it is, the film ends up being merely watchable.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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