Believe it or not, there are other movies that come out between the big blockbusters like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. Though some are heavily marketed, like Allegiant and The Jungle Book, there are many that slip right under our radars. Of those, there are some that aren't too great, and then there are those that freakin' rock.
'Collide' Is One Of Those Films That Freakin' Rocks
Hitting theaters next week in select countries, Collide is an action-packed thriller about a young American backpacker who, by a series of unfortunate events, winds up as a driver for some of Germany's biggest drug smugglers — who then try to kill him. Talk about hanging out with the wrong crowd.
A lot of the movie involves a high-speed chase across Munich's autobahn (highway), but you never forget how high the stakes are. The plot, the action, the thrills and the performances are all enough to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film.
The star of the show is Nicholas Hoult, who has played a big role in the X-Men franchise as well as in last year's Mad Max: Fury Road. This is a very talented actor who is truly breaking out in Hollywood.
Hoult's talents and A-list aspirations shine throughout Collide. While other action stars might come off as one-note or dull, Hoult does not. He gives us his all, making the film even more enjoyable.
No action film is complete without a strong villain. As usual, Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins makes the perfect scoundrel. He plays Hagen Kahl, the leader of the drug smugglers who, as we saw in the trailer, is set on destroying the world. And when it's Hopkins, you best believe it.
Perhaps best known for his iconic, villainous turn as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins already gives off that "don't mess with me" vibe, which might be why he makes such a great villain. Like the Godfather, when Hagen Kahl says something, you know that he means it. He is not the kind of person who you'd want to be on the bad side of — and unfortunately for Casey, Kahl's bad side is precisely where he is.
The movie also features Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones as Casey's love interest Juliette, and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Geran.
Jones in particular shines as Juliette and, unlike many other "damsel in distress" archetypes, you genuinely worry about whether she will make it out of the movie alive.
While most action movies are beloved for their incredible pacing, many are hated for their lack of plot and bad acting. Though the explosions might seem big, the plots of these movies tend to drag and the actors look as if they're just waiting for their paychecks. Fortunately for us, Collide is not one of those films.
The cast, the writers and the director all worked very had to make this a movie that you want to see twice just because it is so entertaining. Sure, the explosions are big, but the plot is even bigger, which is the perfect formula for making a fantastic action movie.
This is one of those movies that is undoubtedly worth seeing. Hoult truly shines and Hopkins (per the norm) makes for a fantastic villain. It is certainly worth the price of the movie ticket. Just hope that you don't have to pee — you won't want to leave your seat until the credits start rolling.