Alright guys, so today I am going to review the eighth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, and Dwayne Johnson are all returning for another fast-paced crowd pleasing movie experience. We can’t forget about Wiz Khalifa once again playing the lead role on the film’s soundtrack (maybe a feature of Charlie Puth again?). Oh wait, that’s not the movie I just watched. The movie I watched was just a cheap rip-off with a different but shallow plot. The film I’m talking about, “Collide.”
To pay for his girlfriend’s (Felicity Jones) kidney operation, a desperate man (Nicholas Hoult) hatches a plan that involves a heist for of one his wacky gangster bosses (Ben Kingsley). His failed attempt to get the job done gets him caught up with a dangerous man who is running a large drug business (Anthony Hopkins). Hoult’s character still tries to do whatever it takes to keep his girlfriend safe.
Wow this was generic. If you’ve ever seen any action movie before in your life, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Not only was inexperienced director Eran Creevy inspired by movies like “Fast & Furious,” but he almost copied them completely as far as action scenes go. Most of these scenes were compiled of cars crashing constantly, with a poor choice of music involved in the background.
It wasn’t like these scenes were shot that spectacularly either. Creevy seemed to just wanted to show off the $29.2 million that was given to him by the producers of this movie. This film also reminds me of a worse version of “Sleepless” from earlier in the year. Yes, the movie starring Jaime Foxx had its few generic moments, but at least it wasn’t cheesy.
Everything about “Collide” has been done to a tee, and the corny lines stated by “Mad Max” star Hoult, were uninspiring and lazy. The movie showed zero ambition, and you could tell by how little twists and turns there were. You probably could have predicted where this film was going from the first fifteen minutes.
As far as the supporting cast goes, I kind of like Kingsley’s character as an intelligent, but whacky gangster boss. It actually felt like one of the few aspects of the film that didn’t fall into the universal themes of an action thriller. Too bad his character was not developed at all like the rest of them. Hoult’s partner in the movie played by Marwan Kenzari wasn’t even a person. He was just there for scenery. The antagonist, Hagen played by Hopkins was about as generic as it gets for a bad guy. He also had his fair share of cheesy lines that made you sigh in annoyance.
Jones’ character was interesting, but in a bad way. She had an intriguing plot as the girl of interest in the beginning, but for some reason, Creevy just forgot about her. Rarely did she make an impact in the second half of the film, which is odd considering how she was the main reason for the conflict.
All in all, this was the worst kind of action movie because, it had really no ambition and as a result, the hour and forty minute running time felt like an eternity. I’d rather watch something that fails but tries to be different. It’s one thing to be inspired by older action flicks, it’s another to copy them stylistically and conceptually to a tee. This movie deserves a big fat, yikes!