Collide (NI Premiere)
Casey Stein agrees to hijack a shipment of cocaine for his old boss in return for money to pay for his girlfriend Juliette's transplant
Hagen Kahl (Hopkins) is the owner of a large trucking company, which turns a profit on the side smuggling cocaine into Cologne, Germany. It’s an operation overseen by the unpredictable Geran (Kingsley), who asks for a bigger cut of the earnings - a request that Hagen refuses.
Caught between the two is an American expat, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult), who sees himself pulled back into the criminal lifestyle he agreed to leave behind for his girlfriend, Juliette (Felicity Jones), after she requires an expensive life- saving kidney transplant. Geran hires Casey to steal one of Hagen’s trucks, which is carrying a massive stash of drugs, and as soon as the young man pulls off the heist, Hagen is on his trail, chasing him up and down the Autobahn.
Collide offers an opportunity to watch Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley go toe to toe in a scene seemingly fashioned on the famous diner scene from Michael Mann’s Heat. Kingsley plays a loopy, drugged-up crime boss who’s fond of silk pyjamas and scantily clad models, while Hopkins plays the sort of preening, imperious baddie who quotes poetry and muses philosophically while detailing his henchman’s torture techniques.
“A propulsive action thriller…with eye-tickling action.”
- Keith Watson, Slant Magazine
“A terrifically entertaining movie that succeeds in its mission to deliver exciting chase scenes at a breathless pace.”
- Richard Cross, 20/20 Movie Reviews