There is a certain movie formula where an ordinary man must do something illegal and dangerous to save a loved one, but the task goes awry and he spends the next 24 hours running from bad guys, becoming increasingly battered from all the auto wrecks and leaps from rooftops, before finally beating them at their own game and limping off into the sunset. These films are seldom great, often bad and sometimes like Collide: breezily paced, no frills, mildly ludicrous but perfectly watchable, buoyed by hammy villains. In Germany, an American ne’er-do-well (Nicholas Hoult), needing money for his girlfriend’s (Felicity Jones) kidney transplant, takes a job from a Turkish psycho (Sir Ben Kingsley) to steal a cocaine-filled truck from a respected businessman/secret drug lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins). The two Oscar-winning British knights in the cast are deliciously nutty—Kingsley over the top and Hopkins more subdued (save for RANDOMLY YELLED words)—while Hoult is a good-enough working-class hero, and ambitious director/co-writer Eran Creevy oversees some well-shot chase sequences. Ignore the implausible plotting and enjoy the crunch.
Director: Eran Creevy
Producer: Joel Silver, Ben Pugh, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Rory Aitken, Daniel Hetzer, Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Steven Squillante, Rick Jackson, Ben Nearn, Tom Rice, Dan Mintz, Wu Bing, Peter Xiao, Chris Fenton, Chris Cowles, Hermann Joha, Kay Niessen, Steve Richards and Ali Cook
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Marwan Kenzari, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Christian Rubeck, Clemens Schick, Nadia Hilker, Johnny Palmiero, Michael Epp, Joachim Król, Ben Hecker and Markus Klauk