In the wake of the end of the world, a family of four desperately tries to survive. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home. As the constant threat of a violent death forces them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, only to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries.
In THE COLLAPSED, the end of the world has come, and among the carnage, the Weaver family fight to survive. With many of the survivor now turned cold-blooded savages, Scott Weaver and his family steal a car and head out to the woods, where they hope to find safety. However, eventually the Weavers unfortunately find that the wooded area is just as dangerous as the rest of the world around them, when it becomes apparent that an unseen, demonic presence has followed them.
It should be known that I just am not a big fan of post-apocalypse movies - yes, even before this current "end-of-the world" crazy that everyone is going on. But because of this said craze, I have had to sit through a good share of the films, as part of my reviewing efforts. Yea, among the pile, some are good - yet for every 2 good films, there is about 5 more bad ones. So when THE COLLAPSED arrived, the truth is that I wasn't looking forward to it, as I viewed it as "Just another one", but never the less, I popped it in to give it a look.
To be honest, THE COLLAPSED is a film that for the most part, I just could not get into, at least initially. For about the first 45 minutes of the film, the film moves at a snails pace, so much so, I had a very difficult time getting into it. Not only this, but to me, the plot was stale, and the characters, uninteresting. The film eventually picks up near it's end, however, prior to this act in the film, there is just not a lot that happens. As mentioned to plot burns along quite slowly as the film progresses, with most of this time being filled by windy dialogue. Usually, I don't mind lengthy buildups, because after all, this is usually where a film develops its characters. Granted, that THE COLLAPSED attempts to do this as well, but as I said, I had a difficult time relating to the characters. The only character who we truly get to know here is Scott Weaver, which isn't exactly a bad thing, seeing as Actor John Fantasia, does have a fantastic showing here - but what about the other characters? TO me, all others in the film were merely just throwaways. With this aside, the film's last act, is indeed very good, and is definitely the highlight of the film. In the end. we find out exactly what the demonic force is, and what it does. This is soon followed by a somewhat clever twist that reminded me of the twists find in James Wan films. But when the film was all over, I couldn't help but wished that this excitement would have covered the rest of the film.
Technically, the Canadian-produced film looks good. Shot on a shoestring budget, with the RED camera. As it often does, the RED makes the budget appear to have been bigger. Also, I had no complaints about the direction as it is competent, as is the film's cinematography. As mentioned above, as for the acting the film's lead, John Fantasia, is a big standout. This is especially true during the film's last act, when he was required to turn things up emotional. In these moments, his performance is pretty believable, and seemingly heart felt. As for the other actors and actresses in THE COLLAPSED, unfortunately, no one ever truly connected with me.
I guess to sum up the way that I feel about THE COLLAPSED is to say, that for the most part, I found myself bored with it, only to see it all come together in the end, when things began to take off. Unfortunately for the film however, is when it decided to get interesting - the end. If only it could have been like that the rest of the way.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
Although I didn't think that THE COLLAPSED was anything great, it does deserve credit in that it's a post-apocalyptic film that attempts something different by mixing genres. I just wish that there would have been the same level of suspense seen in the end of the film, maintained through out, but since there's not, most of the film tens to be slow and dull. THE COLLAPSED is a film that has received a mixed reaction from critics and viewers alike, so who's to say that you won't like it more than I did. Give it a shot, and then form your own opinion about THE COLLAPSED.