Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Collective (2008)

IMDb plot summary: Tyler Clarke received a cryptic voice-mail from her sister Jessica asking for help, but now Jessica is nowhere to be found. In order to find out what has happened, Tyler must delve into a world of darkness and lies.
Directed by Judson Pearce Morgan and Kelly Overton. Starring Kelly Overton, Laura Allen, Shane McRae, and Donnie Keshawarz.

Having just seen The Forest earlier this year, it's impossible not to compare the two. Both are about women traveling to an unfamiliar place to find and rescue their estranged sisters, but The Forest, though flawed, did a much better job of creating a dark atmosphere and even explaining what was going on. There's so much contradictory exposition in The Collective, and it's not mysterious or intriguing, it's just confusing. Characters know things about each other and show up at each other's houses when it makes no sense to do so and explain things without ever explaining them. It's sloppy, strange, and a waste of a semi-interesting idea.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Collective < Dreamgirls
The Collective < Rebel Without a Cause
The Collective > Rich and Strange
The Collective > Nell
The Collective < The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Collective < The Lodger
The Collective < An American in Paris
The Collective > Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
The Collective < War and Peace
The Collective > Never Been Kissed
Final spot: #1972 out of 2443.

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