The Collapsed (2011)
Director: Justin McConnell
Where to get it: Anchor Bay
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 ever growing long line of post-apocalyptic films, what we have here in one on a lower budget but that doesn’t mean it’s is of a lower quality. We stay with just a few characters at a time and we do get some time to know them before the terrible stuff starts. Now of course once the bad stuff happens it leads us to a bit of a mystery that develops well and does do an ok job at holding your attention to spite the slower movement of things. But we do have strong acting and the right environment to keep you a happy and an interested camper as things progress along. And of course things do end up going in a way that you might not see coming.
One of the best things about this film is the fact that things aren’t totally what they appear to be for a good deal of the movie. This is something you have to wait around for and when it comes it does make for some interesting developments. There is the chance that a few of you might shake your heads but for those of you that do like it, I think you will like it a whole heck of a lot. And it never helps when you add in the fact that there is a great deal of blood in the last part of the film. I’m a fan of that. And overall I’m a fan of any film that can take a limited budget and turn it into what The Collapsed turns out to be.