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By James Whittington, Wednesday 26th May 2010
From Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the minds behind Saw IV, Saw V and Saw VI comes The Collector (in cinemas from June 25th) a real-time game of cat-and-mouse, melding primal horror with suspense thriller.
For handyman and ex-con, Arkin (Josh Stewart), a quiet home and a family on vacation is an "opportunity". For inside the house lies a jeweller's safe, and inside the safe is a rare gem - his only hope for repaying his ex-wife's debt and keeping what's left of his family intact. Unfortunately for Arkin, inside the house is also a box containing the latest specimen in a collection catalogued in blood, bone and tears - a human specimen packaged as "bait". While the trap may have already sprung shut on parents Michael and Victoria – cutting short their vacation before it could even begin - the jaws have yet to close on teenage daughter Jill and eight-year old Hannah. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked “Collector” in a maze of lethal invention – the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg – while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.