I was lucky to see a movie this past weekend that hasn’t been officially released yet locally. The movie in question is Collide, a fast-paced action thriller that features a great cast led by fresh faced Nicholas Hoult (Who we saw in Mad Max) and Felicity Jones (Who we saw in Rogue One). Completing the overall look are veterans Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins who don’t any sort of introduction. Overall, a solid cast but how does it measure it up exactly?
After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette (Felicity Jones) before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to save the love of his life before it’s too late.
Saying that it’s an adrenaline-fueled car chase doesn’t even begin to describe it, once the movie kicks in it’s basically non-stop and makes for an enjoyable watch. The storyline is straightforward and easy to understand, it’s very simplistic in its approach and doesn’t over-complicate anything. The movie does start off a bit slow (personally I’m not a huge fan of this) which at times makes you wonder if it really is an action/thriller based movie. But as mentioned above once it kicks in it makes for an enjoyable and fast paced watch.
So, with all that said, is there anything bad or negative about it? Yes and no, in fact I can’t make up my mind. On one end, I like the fact that it’s not complicated but on the other hand, I can’t help but think that more thought could have been put into the intro and some of the middle parts of the story. With so many great flicks around today with equally mind blowing storylines you can’t help but think that from that point of view, Collide falls a bit short. I’m probably being too technical though, after all some movies are what they are and aren’t looking to win any major awards or try to be too clever, and that’s what Collide is.
Cast – Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Marwan Kenzari, Ben Kingsley & Anthony Hopkins
Director – Eran Creevy
Genre – Thriller/Action
Running Time – 99 Minutes
Officially in local cinemas on the 17th February 2017, Collide is a fast-paced action thriller that any action movie fan will enjoy. That’s why it gets a solid 3 out of 5 rating from me, go check it out.