THE COLLECTIVE is the second directorial effort from Judson Pearce Morgan and the first for Kelly Overton who pulls triple duty as the co-writer and also star as lead character Tyler Clarke. The movie centers on a girl, Tyler, who gets a mysterious phone call from her estranged sister, Jessica (Wynn Everett) in New York City asking for help.
The movie picks up with Tyler arriving in New York City and visiting where her sister lives and finding that she had moved out quite recently, and also discovers that she hasn’t been showing up for her job either. Tyler tries to put together the clues as to her sister’s whereabouts and is led to an old cathedral that has been turned into a sanctuary for a group of people who definitely have something to hide. She finds her sister who looks haggard, but tells Tyler she’s fine and sends her away to go back home. But Jessica leaves Tyler a cryptic message to stay, and that’s when the movie really amps up.
The film is shot okay but one of the better aspects of the film is the editing. The director Judson (also the editor), apparently took a lot of time to craft some scenes that feel very surreal, and experimental. Most of the time that it’s for the benefit of the story, or to move a scene along, although there are a couple scenes that I think we slightly more indulgent with this type of editing style. Overall the lighting and the technical aspects of this film are great, with outdoor, indoor, night, and day shots all looking fairly consistent and easy to watch throughout.
While the acting is overall pretty good, the only issue I had while watching this that took me out of a couple scenes were a few parts that were obviously ADR’d in post production. The dialogue felt like it was more on top of the scene rather than integrated. But the protagonists and antagonists all give convincing performances and sell the story well.
One last point I’d like to make about this film that I really enjoyed was the score and music provided throughout (sound editors Kevin W. Buchholz and Mark T. Williams should be commended for such an excellent job). The music kept me in this movie from opening credits to closing credits which, best of all was only a lean 85 minutes or so long. The editor kept the story tight and trim, and it definitely pays off while watching this flick.
THE COLLECTIVE Review
FILM SYNOPSIS - Tyler Clarke is on the red-eye to New York City. Two days ago she received a cryptic voice-mail from her sister Jessica. She was asking for help but she didn't say why. And now that Tyler has come to the city to help her, Jessica is nowhere to be found. In order to find out what has happened, Tyler must delve into a world of darkness and lies, the underbelly of a spiritually depraved community living in a deconsecrated cathedral. They call themselves "The Collective." And Jessica is one of them. Tyler is forced to ask the ultimate question, is she ready to risk her own life to save her sister's?