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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film is shot in South Africa with many South African actors, both Black and White. An interracial couple is featured. A White man claims racism is the reason a more qualified Black woman was hired for the job he wanted. He calls her a "token." Black South Africans bad-mouth and attack Black immigrants from other countries, claiming they are the cause of their economic problems. A Black man uses the word "darkie." A Black man says that the actions of Black gangsters are "worse than what White people did to us." "Nigerians and Zimbabweans are all the same," he claims. A Black man complains that Black South Africans "tolerate" White foreigners, but not Black ones.
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Violence & Scariness
A gangster threatens "legitimate" businessmen and government officials he's illegally abetted. Women are trafficked. A girl is kidnapped and locked in a car trunk. Men beat each other. A man punches a woman. People lie to and betray each other. A man is thrown from a car in a multi-car accident and killed. An angry mob loots and burns businesses. They beat and shoot people who get in their way. A White man makes angry belittling racist remarks to a Black woman after she gets the job he wanted. A man steals a car. Police chase him. A man vomits from stress.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A teen and older boyfriend are seen kissing and later in bed after having had sex offscreen. A girl texts photos of her naked body. Her breast is seen from the side.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "ass," "piss," "whore," "screw," "c--k," "sperm," "darkie," and the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Gangsters deal in drugs. Teens and adults smoke marijuana, snort cocaine, and drink alcohol. Crystal meth is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Collision is a 2022 South African drama that looks at many ills that beset post-Apartheid South Africa. The prejudice that characterized decades of violent, racist majority rule has become the fabric of daily life. Almost every character's prejudice, corruption, or stupidity is exposed, and so are the heavy prices paid by all. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "ass," "piss," "whore," "screw," "c--k," "sperm," "darkie," and the "N" word. A girl sends her boyfriend nude selfies but we see only a glimpse of a breast from the side. Teens and adults snort cocaine and smoke marijuana. Gangsters deal in drugs, prostitution, and human trafficking. A White businessman's corrupt actions match those of the trigger-happy Black gangster who has been paying bribes for him. A man is beaten to death. A man punches a woman after she slaps him. A woman is shot in the back. A Black man is swept away by his hatred of Africans from other countries, which leads to tragic violence. People shoot each other to death. A White man complains when a more qualified Black woman gets the job he wants. Mostly in English with English-subtitled dialogue in Tswana, Sotho, Zulu, and Afrikaans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Collision is a clunky, thrill-less thriller. It artlessly wobbles from one disastrous circumstance to another as the director interweaves stories connected only by the amorphous web of anger and resentment that he suggests has swallowed post-Apartheid South Africa. Good performances are highly watchable but the scenarios are old, with almost identical ones offered on a weekly basis on episodic broadcast TV dramas, and in movies, including Goodfellas and The Godfather, to name just two works that are better in every way than this. Decent people are corrupted by an atmosphere of dishonesty, all set against a backdrop of debilitating ongoing racism and the damage done to a nation by decades of White Supremist rule. In the end, the message is not a new one: It's dangerous to consort with gangsters.
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