Humanity has collapsed with only scattered survivors scrounging for food, weapons, and other resources. In the midst a family of four tries to survive while trying to locate their missing son. Taking to the forest as refuge things go seriously wrong as they learn the other survivors aren’t the only danger they should worry about.
John Fantasia (Scott), Steve Vieira (Aaron), Anna Ross (Rebecca), Lise Moule (Emily), Vincent Thomas (John), Stefano Gallo (Phil), Rick Cordeiro (Ben), Kassandra Santos (Karyn), Neil Green (Peter), Milan Cobanov (Sniper).
The Collapsed begins by jumping straight into the middle of things without much character or plot background. Despite the poor quality we give it a chance in the hopes it will get better. As the film continues we realize there will be no character background and little development. Focusing on the plot instead, we find it is full of implications but very little explanation and lack of character depth is frustrating. In the final 15 minutes of the film there is finally some mild redemption, but not enough to make up for the time spent. This one will probably go the way of a collapsed world and be forgotten.
Acting was a flat out mess. Fantasia, and others, put forth some energy but just didn’t feel genuine. In general the cast felt inexperienced with a serious lack of emotion, poor delivery, bad timing, missing facial expressions and more.
Camera work felt clumsy much of the time. The attempt at imparting emotion with the camera was obvious but felt repetitive after a while. Sets and backgrounds appeared to be natural locations with no CGI or construction. Dialogue was mediocre at best, lacking emotion and doing little to advance the plot. Sound and soundtrack were lethargic.
Overall The Collapsed did just that. It collapsed on the screen. The film has no energy and poor production values from most technical aspects. It appears this was a low budget attempt at making an entry level dramatic horror film and was disappointing to say the least. If you like B-movies check it out. Otherwise move along to something with more teeth.
With some foul language, violence, and gore this should be fine for teens and above.
The Collapsed is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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