COLLIDE

Directed by: – Eran Creevy

Produced by: – Joel Silver, Ben Pugh, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Rory Aitken, Daniel Hetzer

Starring: – Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Marwan Kenzari, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins

Runtime: – 99 minutes (1hr 39mins)

How Far Will You Go To Save The One You Love ?

Picture this, an action movie a movie starring Mad Max: Fury Road and X-Men First Class and Days of future past alumni Nicholas Hoult; Star Wars Rogue: One star Felicity Jones and Academy Award winners Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley. This sounds like the perfect recipe for an extremely ridiculous action flick that will help one switch his mind off after an extremely tough day at the office.

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Nicholas Hoult as Casey Stein

Collide asks how far one would go to save the love of their life as it follows Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult), an American back packer and drug dealer living in cologne, Germany who falls in love with a fellow traveller Juliette Marne (Felicity Jones). After she falls extremely ill and gets advised that she needs get an expensive Kidney dialysis, Casey decides to return to his former life of crime as he approaches his former employer and smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) who gives him the task to hijack a truck full of cocaine –filled golf balls from German mob boss Hagen Kahl (Anthony Hopkins). As he manages to succeed in this job, Casey now finds himself on the run from the ruthless man who is willing to kill Juliette to get even. So Casey now sets out on a frantic car chase on the autobahn to save Juliette before its too late.

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The relationship between Casey (Hoult) and  Juliette  (Felicity Jones) lacks real chemistry.

Co written and directed by Eran Creevy whose resume includes films like Shifty and Welcome to the punch, does Collide succeed as adrenaline-fuelled action flick or is it something not worth risking our money and intelligence on?

PROS

  • In a movie with not many good things to say about it, the highlight for me was Sir Ben Kingsley as the drug lord Geran. Kingsley is at the stage of his career where he is no longer looking for prestige and just wants to have fun and he looks like he is as he hams his performance up to the nth degree. Channelling some of his craziness from Iron Man 3, Kingsley transforms his drug dealing persona into an unpredictable character with a weird obsession over Burt Reynolds and is one who bides his time watching Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta’s exercise flick Perfect.
  • Anthony Hopkins villainous turn as Hagen Kahl is also one of the film’s highlights. Despite the fact he doesn’t even attempt to speak with a German accent, he still makes an interesting villain as he elegantly strings a series of monologues to get his point across. In an attempt to outdo Kingsley over-the-top performance, he tries to exhibit elements of his Academy Award winning performance as Hannibal Lecter as he makes weird noises and even tries to do a impersonation of Sylvester Stallone which was quite funny to see even though I don’t think that was the desired effect. At the end can’t fault a man who is just having fun with an awful script and it speaks volumes as an actor if he can still make his part a relatively enjoyable one to watch.
  • The movie’s setting is actually a breath of fresh air as the movie opts for the German countryside, which is a nice vista. The film’s signature car chase is decent too as it is set in the autobahn, Germany’s infamous motorway that allegedly has no speed limit. So it’s fast and frantic but its not the best car chase you will ever see. The other sequences are passable for the most part but you definitely won’t remember them.
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Geran (Ben Kingsley) is a maladjusted drug lord.

CONS

  • Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, two very good actors by their own right really phone it in this time round. First of, the chemistry isn’t entirely convincing as it is only there to provide context for the film’s action sequences. The reason I don’t buy this so called “romance” is because the movie develops this relationship over a quick montage meaning that the film is robbed of an opportunity to actually build one we care about . On top of that it is actually awkward watching these two together as they try to push extremely bad and cheesy lines of dialogue through their fake American accents. While Hoult gets to run around and drive cars, Felicity Jones really gets the bad end of the stick as her character is not   empowered and is just there to be a damsel in distress, which is shame. 
  • Surprisingly for a movie that is advertised as a popcorn action flick, the movies pacing is very slow. It takes way too long  to get to its best part, the action set-pieces and it stumbles because it tries to pack in a love story that the movie cares so little about into proceedings which doesn’t give the movie a consistent tone.
  • The movie is also bugged with terrible visual effects and CGI for car crashes that absolutely baffled me and iffy editing that makes it hard to watch.
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Hagan Kahl ( Anthony hopkins) wants Casey’s head.

Collide is an absolute wreck. The plot is wafer thin, the leads are not particularly interesting, the dialogue is terrible and over-the-top performances from Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins are not enough to  resuscitate the movie.

RATING: – MISS IT!!!

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Olisa Nwokedi
About The Author
- Olisa is an Aberystwyth University law graduate and Fordham University School of Law Masters graduate who was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 2016. He enjoys playing and watching rugby, writing, watching movies, playing video-games and Shark wrestling.......... that last part was fiction.