A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
It's truly incredible how many GREAT movies Tom Cruise has been in. Whether it's a drama like Eyes Wide Shut, or an action movie like Top Gun, and let's not forget a comedic role like Tropic Thunder; he is always in top form. There'e no denying that Tommy C is one of the best actors of all-time. I might not be the biggest fan of the real life Cruise, but as an actor I absolutely love the guy. Collateral is just another great Tommy C movie to add to the ongoing list.
Mann's MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.
A romance of sorts observing and never interfering with a study of American landscape (or cityscape, to be precise) jumbled up in an action film, setpieces intersect with constant development of humans and their emotions, it's only an action film to force the hand of introspective beauty, Mann captures the city from above because the screenplay tackles it from below and because the actors tackle it head-on, this film feels alive, and populated. Secondary stories weave into the film and out again, occasionally impacting the overall arc, subtext abounds in how Mann utilizes sources of light and he pulls off genuine tension multiple times, something very few filmmakers can manage.
Of all the impressive things about Collateral, perhaps most amazing…
[urban lights bleeding into the sky, audioslave playing in the distance]
did u get it
it's cause he's a lone wolf
give me michael mann nighttime cinematography--or, give me death!
One of my favorite action thrillers. Alongside the likes of Drive, Heat, and Nightcrawler, but even more so, Collateral is THE definitive Los Angeles movie. It can't be stressed enough how good it still looks today, 12 years after its release. Nobody shoots nighttime digitally as well as Mann.
Practically a city symphony, such is the film's utter investment in and fascination with the lights, colours, infrastructure and nocturnal rhythms of Los Angeles. Salt 'n' pepper Tom is an inspired piece of casting, and the actor replies with one of his most deliciously enjoyable performances. Ruffalo, ever the chameleon, impressively makes the most of his slightly underwritten Hanna-lite role - but it's fine, his character is never supposed to be central. Just more collateral damage. It's a brilliant evocation of modern urban alienation. This is achieved visually - the sheer number of camera angles Mann uses to dwarf his characters within their environment, and to separate them from each other, is dizzying. It is achieved aurally, with a brooding…
-throws off an alluring nighttime vibe
-expert location scouting
-engrossing from start to finish
-cruise + fox
honestly, what's not to like?
tom cruise's white hair is new aesthetic
Slow moving atmospheric thriller. This is a very well-regarded movie, but I am immune to its virtues—that's my fault, not the movie’s. Watching it, I found myself continually willing things to happen, but ten or fifteen minutes would go by before something did. Almost nothing happens at all times in this movie. I have no patience. My fault. It does have the distinction of simultaneously having a plot where almost nothing happens and at the same time being incredibly overwritten: as the movie neared the end and all the earlier references were called back, I could almost see the screenwriter checking off all the boxes of things he wanted to include.
I admire Collateral most as a portrait of a city.
That deflating final stretch is, as has often been noted, far too "Hollywood" in its contrivance, but the whole thing is a bit is too schematic and tidy. There's a looser, more spontaneous film somewhere in there, fighting to get loose.
Still, these images have soul. There's fire in these pixels.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watching the way Michael Mann shoot city lights being reflected off the surface of helicopters, Jamie Foxx's glasses, building windows, mirrors and in Annie's apartment among other things makes me miss my home, Chicago, even more.
Mann always has very powerful endings, where characters look off into the sky to escape from the violent and often nihilistic world they live in.
Also, I noticed that, like "Eyes Wide Shut", Tom Cruise offers his cab driver more money if they stay parked and pick him up later right before a crucial moment in the story.
Collateral is a film about a taxi driver that's been taken hostage by a contract killer as he makes several different hits in Los Angeles. I really liked this film. Every act got better than the last. The last hour of the film was freaking awesome!! I think Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx gave really good performance and excellent direction by Michael Mann. I thought the ending was kinda "meh". I was hoping for more of a Die Hard ending. I totally recommend checking it out!!