If car action scenes in movies get your engine revving, Collide should definitely be on your radar.
With movies from established franchises like The Fate of the Furious, John Wick 2 and Cars 3 dominating our most anticipated car movies of 2017, it’s easy to overlook Collide. Starring Nicholas Hoult from Mad Max Fury Road and Felicity Jones from Rogue One, admittedly the trailer isn’t very inspiring, with a cliched plot resembling a straight-to-DVD b-movie. The two main characters are in love, but Hoult’s character is forced to return to his former life of crime to help fund treatment for his girlfriend’s illness.
Of course, it’s all just an excuse to show some crazy car action. The cast of cars featured in Collide should be enough to attract the attention of Fast and Furious fans: we get to see the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide S, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes SLS charge through narrow streets and hurtle down German autobahns.
It also stars the most unlikely of getaway cars – a Citroen C5 wagon. A new clip shows the movie’s main action setpiece, as Hoult escapes enemies pursuing him in a Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz ML. It’s deliciously destructive, particularly when the Mercedes flips over spectacularly end-over-end, though some shots look suspiciously fake.
Another clip shows Hoult behind the wheel of a more traditional getaway car, as he makes his initial escape in a Jaguar XFR. This movie isn’t afraid to damage expensive cars, as we get to see Hoult smash into anything in his path. The scene is superbly staged and well filmed. While other films would use about 20 different cuts in the same scene to make it seem exciting, Collide’s filmmakers used one seamless shot, panning when necessary to create a visceral action sequence. It’s a shame reviews have slated Collide for being trashy, but if you like seeing cars getting destroyed in movie action sequences, Collide looks like an enjoyable way to kill a couple of hours.