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The Collection Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

The saw-ing continues. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    36

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Pinkerton

    The Collection doesn't have much to recommend it beyond a first-reel bloodbath rivaling "Blade" and "Death Ship."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Unfortunately, the Collector simply isn't a very interesting screen villain. Clad in a black mask that reveals only his eyes and mouth, he mainly communicates by heavy breathing. It makes one yearn for the perversely witty chatter of Jigsaw.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Clark Collis

    Remarkably, the result manages to be both more preposterous and more efficient than its predecessor, with a couple of deaths occurring so swiftly they border on the subliminal.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

"Torture porn" sequel packed with bloody, gory deathtraps.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Collection (sequel to The Collector) is a "torture porn" movie made by veterans of the notorious Saw series. Though it's perhaps not quite as sadistic as other entries in the genre, there's definitely no shortage of grisly violence -- for example, a scene in which an entire club of dancing young people is mown down by a giant rotating blade. There's tons of blood (spraying and spurting included) and severed limbs and heads. A young woman is kidnapped, guns are fired, and a dog is (seemingly) stabbed and decapitated. A topless woman is briefly shown, and there are some other mildly sexual situations. "F--k" is used several times, as are other salty words. The previous film was something of a sleeper, so only hardcore horror fans are likely to be interested.

  • Families can talk about The Collection's violence. How intense is it? Is it scary, suspenseful, or just disgusting?
  • What's the appeal of "torture porn" horror movies?
  • How do the filmmakers treat the heroine's disability? Is she a role model?
  • What are the best examples of teamwork in this movie?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Though things get off on the wrong foot and sometimes fall apart, there are some examples of characters successfully working together and trusting one another. They keep attempting to solve a difficult and deadly puzzle.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: One character, after showing cowardice and selfishness, learns to help others. The female lead, who has a slight disability (deafness, with a hearing aid in one ear), shows strength and empathy for others in a tough situation.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: A young woman is kidnapped and held prisoner, but she escapes before she's tortured. (A few other young women aren't as lucky.) An entire roomful of dancing people is mown down and sliced up by a huge rotating blade. Viewers see several decapitations and severed limbs. Many other characters die in deadly booby traps; they're stabbed, squished, or chopped up. There's lots of blood, including spurting and spraying. Dead bodies are shown in various states of mutilation (though these seem more like hideous sculptures than actual humans). A dog is stabbed in the head and then decapitated. Guns are fired at a horde of mindless, zombie-like creatures.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A topless young woman -- a background character -- is briefly shown during a dance club sequence. Also during this sequence, the camera lingers on body parts -- hips, stomachs, etc. -- while young people dance. Some kissing is shown. (The main character's boyfriend cheats on her.) A mutilated body with naked breasts is shown, though it's more like a gruesome sculpture than anything human.

  • language false4

    Language: Language isn't very frequent but does include several uses of "f--k" and a use of "d--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A secondary character is shown passed out in a chair with a glass of alcohol (Scotch?) nearby.

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