All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
It started like any other night.
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
Michael Mann by this point in his career not only knew exactly how to inject sociological, philosophical and psychological exchanges, explorations and muses into the the sweaty-palm thriller, but how to perfect the latter and swing cleanly and brilliantly in with the former. Collateral finds his best traits in a riveting thrill ride that packs a staggering punch after being witnessed.
On a glance, this is Mann’s love of nocturnal urban twilight played out to its most visually poetic and interesting. The sights and sounds are quiet and lowly buzzing more often than not. The haunting moments in the dazzlement through this pull the audience through this nightmarish experience with a night-shift cabbie making his rounds and being pulled into…
"I read about this guy who gets on the MTA here, dies. Six hours he's riding the subway before anybody notices his corpse doing laps around L.A., people on and off sitting next to him. Nobody notices. "
Can I just be honest? I don't really know a lot about film. I may talk big about the depths of thematic development or the meaning of cinematic style, but like the rest of us I'm just making it up as I go. But if there's one thing I know for sure about movies it's that I prefer film to digital. I think digital filmmaking is good for little more than lowering costs. I love film stock. Sure, some of that comes…
Mann's MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.
Its so rare to find a good modern American thriller that's smart and doesn't talk down to its audience. Aside from the last 20 minutes of this movie (which is brilliant) some of the most intense scenes of the film are the conversations between these two men, both of whom are portrayed stunningly. Foxx is great and Cruise gives one the best performances I've ever seen him in. I never thought I'd be scared of him!
A gripping neo-noir crime thriller with an exciting plot featuring strong performances by both Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise.
I just love how Michael Mann always uses simple dialogues to foreshadow the events that would happen later in his films. Tom Cruise is awesome in this and I think he should seriously play more villains. Jamie Foxx is really impressive too, that scene where he meets Felix in the club caught me completely off guard, instant proof that there is no such thing as an average performance from Foxx.
However, I'm rather displeased with the film's lighting. It's like Mann isn't sure whether he wants the atmosphere to be dark or bright so he decides to settle somewhere in between.…
Five years ago, I was known as a traveler. I was reading a little too much Kerouac, listening to one too many punk rock songs about how highways can symbolize freedom, and before I knew it I was hitting the open road, with nothing but a backpack and a guitar to my name. I was a hitchhiker, I was a journeyer, and I was on a life-or-death voyage throughout the United States. A part of me blames Alexander Supertramp for this juvenile excursion into danger but I know in my heart of hearts that I had a genuine death wish when I was young. I also had a drive to find something beautiful, something that couldn't be contained in a…
It has been years since I first saw this Mann thriller and it still holds up as a great watch. Stylistically it is brilliant with its exquisite action set pieces and the visual symbolism imparted by Mann's filming of a desolate and lonely LA. The film, however, has it's fair share of problems, a lot of which show up in the third act, that keep it from being a masterpiece.
Ready, steady, GO!
Tom Cruise as a bad guy is AMAZING.
This was great. Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are both great as the two leads and the intensity of the situation in the film kept ramping up. Definitely my favourite Michael Mann film that I have seen (given that I've only seen two...)
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I think I'm going to have to work my way through some of Tom Cruises other film that I'm yet to see.
This is an absolute masterpiece on an "I was entertained" level.
It’s been a while since I’ve revisted this and was surprised how well it held up. I still jumped a little when the body hit the top of the cab.
The first two acts are perfect, but the third act falls apart a little for me. That Chris Cornell song really stood out like a sore thumb, and I remember even thinking that the last time I watched it. Michael Mann should have thrown in a little Wang Chung and I would have been completely on board, and it would have added another link in my Michael Mann/Willaim Friedkin conspiracy.
I totally forgot about Mark Ruffalo’s small part he had in this. As soon as he came on the screen, I said out loud, “We should watch Zodiac.”
A good set up, with a particularly bad-ass Cruise, all goes to pot in the final third, as Collateral becomes a typical cat-and-mouse chase through an empty building. Yawn.
10 out of 10
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