Collide

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Awful action-thriller's only plus is over-the-top bad guys.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lots of poor behavior (violence, theft, etc.) with no repercussions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character seems to be a good person and is interested in helping his girlfriend get a kidney operation (a noble cause). But his methods are highly questionable.

Violence

Guns and shooting, lots of car chases and crashes. Characters are shot and injured. Some bloody wounds shown. Brief torture (ear clamp). Stabbing with broken glass. Attempted strangling.

Sex

Main characters kiss passionately. Brief sex talk. Characters undress down to their underwear. Gangster surrounded by scantily clad women. Prostitutes mentioned. Sexy aerobics scenes from the movie Perfect. Mention of Viagra.

Language

At least one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "piss," "Jesus" as an exclamation.

Consumerism

Red Bull drinks shown in one scene; mention of Viagra.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main villains are smuggling drugs (cocaine). Drugs briefly shown and mentioned. Social drinking in bars/nightclubs and at home. Slight drunkenness in one scene. A character says that he's on drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Collide is a lackluster action thriller about a man (Nicholas Hoult) trying to steal money from criminals to pay for his girlfriend's (Felicity Jones) operation. Expect lots of car chases/crashes, guns, and shooting, but very little blood or death. There's a short torture scene (an ear clamp is used), stabbing with broken glass, and brief strangling. Language is infrequent but includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." The lead characters kiss passionately, and in one scene they strip to their underwear. A villain surrounds himself with scantily clad women (he refers to them as prostitutes). The bad guys are drug dealers, and cocaine is briefly shown. Characters drink in several scenes -- in bars and nightclubs and at home -- and overdo it at least once, with no repercussions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMichael C. October 13, 2017

Logically stupid, but action packed

The premise is absurd and the film is plagued with cultural errors, which may not matter to many viewers, but is terrible annoying to Europeans. Here are 2 exam... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 1, 2017

review

i would recommend you to be carful not to watch this with children 0-11.

What's the story?

In COLLIDE, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) is an American living in Germany who's working as a collector for a Turkish crime lord named Geran (Ben Kingsley). When Casey meets pretty bartender Juliette (Felicity Jones), he decides to quit and go straight. But when it turns out she needs a new kidney, Casey realizes he must go back to Geran and pull a big job to raise money for the operation. It won't be an easy task: Geran tells Casey he must steal a truck full of cocaine belonging to a crooked businessman, Hagen Kahl (Anthony Hopkins). Unsurprisingly, the job goes badly, and Casey is caught. Worse, Juliette's life is in danger as well. Casey must stay one jump ahead of the bad guys to reach her.

Is it any good?

This action thriller is plagued by poor camera work and a screenplay that's riddled with holes and implausibilities; the only worthwhile thing about it is the bad guys' wild scenery chewing. Director Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch) takes his camera and lets it lurch and swing and meander aimlessly while choppy editing ramps things up. Scenes set in a nightclub and the endless, constant car chases are enough induce nausea. The camera likewise can't sit still on the characters, perhaps because their exchanges are boring and flat.

Then, as the chase unfolds, logical questions start to crop up 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 of Collide, nothing makes any sense. Only the high-caliber acting of Kingsley, with wild glasses and accent, and Hopkins, smooth and deadly in a powder-blue suit, makes Collide even worth mentioning. Otherwise, it's forgettable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Collide's violence. Does the fact that it's largely bloodless and without deaths mean it has less impact?

  • How are drinking and drugs portrayed in the movie? Are there any consequences for using them? Why is that important?

  • Is it justified for Casey to steal all those cars and all that money and wreck all that property if he's doing it for a good reason? Do the ends ever justify the means?

  • How are female characters portrayed in the movie? Are they objectified?

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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