ABC Film Challenge – Action – N – Collide (2016) Movie Review

Director: Eran Creevy

Writer: F Scott Fraier, Eran Creevy (Screenplay)

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

Plot: An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Cologne high-speed Autobahn.

Tagline – How far would you go for the one you love?

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Collide starts when backpacker Casey Stein (Hoult) meets Juliette Marne (Jones) while in Germany as he works for local drug dealer Geran (Kingsley), he looks to give up this life until he learns that Juliette is sick and the pair will need money to pay for her treatment.

In an attempt to make money Casey turns to Geran who recruits him to steal a truck from bigger drug dealer Hagan Kahl (Hopkins), only not everything goes to plan, leading to Casey needing to race to save Juliette and escape the two ruthless drug dealers.

Thoughts on Collide

ThoughtsCollide is an action film that brings us the one last job idea to the genre, that we know well. It is a tried and test formula that isn’t too hard to get wrong, only it doesn’t hit as hard as it wants too. We get an unlikeable character in Casey who never seems like he is doing much with his life, falling in love and getting himself into more trouble. Nicholas Hoult doesn’t seem to be the leading action star we would like him too be and Felicity Jones feels wasted as the girlfriend character. Anthony Hopkins does look like he is having a lot of fun in this role, getting the funny speeches a villainous figure needs to have, while Ben Kinglsey is enjoyable over the top. The action in the film does have too many cuts, which does take us away from the intensity of what we are watching. The German setting shows us a place where people could look to escape from their lives, showing us how people can get away with crimes away from more.

Final Thoughts Collide is an action film that doesn’t give us any likeable characters and gives us a cutty mess for the action sequences.

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