Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult star in a scene from the movie "Collide." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Open Road)
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NEW YORK (CNS) -- As its title implies, "Collide" (Open Road) involves vehicular mayhem.
There's so much high-speed demolition derby, in fact, that it becomes somewhat more entertaining, just on the basis of sheer volume, to focus on that rather than the thin drug-smuggling plot. But director Eran Creevy, who co-wrote the screenplay with F. Scott Frazier, intends all of this with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
We know this because Geran (Ben Kingsley), who hires Casey (Nicholas Hoult), a young American living in Germany, to hijack a truck smuggling cocaine, keeps calling him "Burt Reynolds." It's a 1970s reference, meant to imply that Casey's just a good ol' boy.
Casey's career up to now has involved stealing cars and trucks for Geran. He's despondent about where his life has taken him.
At a rowdy nightclub, he meets another American, Juliette (Felicity Jones), and their whirlwind romance sets him on a new course working honestly in an auto salvage yard. She's dazzling, quirky and in desperate need of a kidney transplant for which the German health system will not pay.
Raising that kind of money necessitates a return to crime -- an immoral means to a good end. So Casey agrees to participate in the complicated drug heist, which is being led by Hagen (Anthony Hopkins), Geran's former partner and a leading German kingpin.