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With: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Marwan Kenzari, Alexandar Jovanovic, Christian Rubeck, Erdal Yildiz, Clemens Schick, Johnny Palmiero
Written by: Eran Creevy, F. Scott Frazier, based on a story by F. Scott Frazier
Directed by: Eran Creevy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, frenetic action, some sexuality, language, and drug material
Running Time: 99
Date: 02/24/2017

Collide (2017)

1 Star (out of 4)

Crash and Spurn

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This action-thriller starts with poor camerawork, followed by an even poorer screenplay, riddled with holes and implausibilities; the only thing worthwhile is the wild scenery chewing of two bad guys.

In Collide, an American living in Germany, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) works as a collector for a Turkish crime lord, Geran (Ben Kingsley). When he meets pretty bartender Juliette (Felicity Jones), he decides to quit the live and go straight. But when she needs a new kidney, he realizes he must go back to Geran and pull a big job to raise money for the operation.

The job requires him to steal a truck full of cocaine belonging to a crooked businessman, Hagen Kahl (Anthony Hopkins), and will not be easy. The job goes badly, and Casey is caught, and worse, Juliette's life is in danger as well. Casey must stay one jump ahead of the hotly pursuing bad guys to reach her.

Director Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch) takes his camera lets it lurch and swing and meander aimlessly while choppy editing causes a whipping sensation. Scenes in a nightclub and the endless, constant car chases are enough induce nausea. The camera likewise can't sit still on the characters, their exchanges are boring and flat.

Then, as the chase unfolds, questions of logic start to arise, and become increasingly unanswerable; how are the bad guys always able to catch up to the good guy? Why does he choose to use the "card up his sleeve" so late in the game? By the climax, nothing makes any sense.

Only the high-caliber acting of Kingsley, with crazy glasses and accent, and Hopkins, smooth and deadly in a powder-blue suit, in their few scenes together, make Collide even worth mentioning. Otherwise, it's forgettable.

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