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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 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.…
Like a light-bulb clashing against the darkness, Michael Mann's Collateral is a battle of seductive forces more than anything else. Almost entirely composed of a mirage of lights combating the textural majesty of the night, the look of Mann's neo-noir is absolutely magnificent. LA comes alive in a way that fully evokes the humanity, depravity, and the alluring quality of one of the most sprawling cities in a state of constant interconnection. Bodies float, almost in a mythic fashion, across the screen like spirits lost among the fading stars.
Only a weak ending puts this down, and until then, It's easily one of Michael Mann's most ravishing and radiant films. The coyote scene will always be one of my favorite moments in all of cinema. I always feel like I'm going to simultaneously combust along with the images in this, mainly because the potency of the colors along with the overall focus adds up to one immaculate stream of imagery.
This would have been a perfect film, if it wasn't for that godawful Audioslave song.
Great when it's just a ruthlessly efficient neo-noir thriller, less so when it essentially morphs into The Terminator at its climax. Unlike After Hours—a film that also sees normal night quickly becomes nightmarish—which takes increasingly surreal and phantasmagoric turns, Collateral remains, at least tonally, grounded in reality, and only shifts (markedly and near-disastrously) at the climax. Hence why the protracted chase through the city, though skillfully orchestrated, derails the film. It's not that it doesn't work narratively, by any means, just that the chase quickly becomes absurd and ridiculous, and ruptures the film's internal continuity. And it's not just Cruise's robotic performance either (which is mostly fine, though he does overplay it at times), it's the way the entire…
The conversation Tom Cruise has with his taxi driver's boss and the aftermath with the muggers is spectacular, but not as spectacular as the tour-de-force club sequence scored to "Ready Steady Go (Korean Style)."
Film# 25 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task#25. A film about an assassination attempt!
"If you open that trunk, they go inside."
Palms were sweaty the whole time.
Heart was thumping the whole time.
Made me think that a murderer was right.
Tom Cruise as a villain: BRILLIANT!
Everyone go see Collateral, NOW!!
Cinematography and actor chemistry were so on point- the script however, I found a little shakey. For the gritty story being told, the plot convenience was waaay too high. The narrative's also bogged down with semi occasional detours to Mark Ruffalo's cop, who feels too conventional. Beyond all that I really enjoyed Michael Mann's L.A. skyline fap folder.
Michael Mann is the best action director. His work is realistic yet stylish, and although this particular film was not written by him, always impeccably written and performed.
Collateral is no exeception. It's smart, bold, and unpredictable. Jaime Foxx and Tom Cruise are both excellent. The digital cinematography is beautiful and revolutionary. The action sequences are wonderfully directed and the narrative is captivating and paced perfectly.
Another Mann hit.
Why doesn't Tom Cruise get more roles where he’s a villain in films
It's been years since I last seen this Crime thriller and watching this film again makes it so refreshing. You have Tom Cruises as Vincent a cool yet cold Hit man who’s out in the town of Los Angeles doing his job. He’s intimidating and at some moment really scary he the kind of hit man who will stop at nothing to get the job done. Tom Cruise is just phenomenal in the role. Jamie Foxx he’s great in this espically in the scene in the Spanish club here’s me not saying that it’s Jamie foxx being Jamie Foxx. This film has some really great moments some…
A great visual style and a story that pushes you on the edge of your seat. Just an awesome movie.
The trance inducing slickness of the Fever club scene reminded me of a similar scene in The Terminator. Tom Cruise is a phenomenal bad guy and I don't think his character here is even remotely insane; he simply takes Darwinist nihilism to the extreme. Vincent's philosophy trumps Max's any day of the week. LA is depicted as a cold, empty, blurry city and the night time photography is incredible. I did not care for much of the music choices in the film but I can live with that. Certain things about the final 20 minutes bother me but overall Collateral stays true to its intentions and provides a well acted, well written, and brilliantly directed thriller.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…