One reviewer actually called this movie and it's lead bad guy 'a new horror icon'. Really? Are we that hard up for a new jason or freddy or chucky that we'll call any mysterious mass killer an icon and sit on our thumbs hoping they'll make a dozen movies convoluting a back story and wringing every possible penny from the franchise before moving on to the new drivel?
I would tell you the plot, but the movie almost entirely lacks one. Considering it was written as a prequel to Saw, that shouldn't be a huge surprise. Guy goes to rob his bosses house to help his (ex?) Wife pay off loan sharks. She needs a brazillion dollars or something by midnight or else she's going to be restin' with the tadpoles or something. Unfortunately, when the guy breaks into said house and gets upstairs to the safe, he finds that he's not alone. Some skinny, not even vaguely scary looking bad guy who seems to be wearing a catcher's mitt on his face has taken over and booby-trapped the whole house with a thousand ways to die. he has also taken the homeowner and his wife hostage and their little girl is hiding somewhere in the house.
So the killer has the only two people he probably really wanted and will inevitably find the daughter who's like, 8, right? Nobody else is supposed to come by (the other daughter, a teenage girl, is out with her boyfriend and not supposed to be coming home). So who the fuck are alll the booby traps for? It makes no sense. None. He has everyone tied up and is torturing them in the basement. Why have razor wires and knives tied to chandeliers and FUCKING CATAPULTS built inside the house?
Besides being sloppy, boring, and predictable, the movie is great. Everyone dies in typical Saw fashion. Blood and guts and everything! Neat! What a waste of money.
The Collector - *