Sunday, March 12, 2017

Collide with Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones

A former car booster and drug dealer's (Nicholas Hoult) girlfriend (Felicity Jones) becomes ill and needs a kidney transplant.  His current job won't foot the bill. So he goes back to his old boss (Ben Kingsley) and asks to work again for one last big job, a robbery that will pay for his girlfriend's operation in its entirety.  Unbeknownst to him, his former boss is using the robbery as a way to get back at his old criminal partner now rival (Anthony Hopkins).

The car chases are decent at times but don't be drawn in by the fact that Hopkins and Kingsley are in it.  Their performances are below par and B movie-like. In addition, the bad guy characters they play are not worth their talents. But all of that is to be expected with writing and directing this poor. If you want to see Ben Kingsley give an excellent performance as a villain then check out Iron Man 3 where he plays an aloof, mysterious figure known as the Mandarin. Hoult and Jones' performances do not mange to compensate for the poor writing either. A cast this popular and skilled simply can't pull off the impossible. It is a real shame, with a better script this could have been a worthwhile sleeper success.

As far as the story, we have seen it before in such films as The Transporter with Jason Statham and Getaway with Ethan Hawke and a host of others. That is, a damsel in distress with cars, villains, money and violence involved.  These movies can be fun and entertaining but this one does not match the formula.

However, if you are bored and want to fill your time with some decent car chases with cool vehicles then go see this.  Otherwise, save your money. I give it a 3 out of 10 points.

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