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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…
Mann's MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.
How many films has Tom Cruise been in where he's played a proper baddie?Apart from his turn as vampire Lestat in Interview With The Vampire and his hothead army cadet in TAPS, his forte has been as either hero or heartthrob, sometimes both. His chilling performance in Michael Mann's stunningly crafted thriller Collateral however was a real change for an actor who hasn't seemed to age since the mid-nineties.
Michael Mann makes cool films. They are always aesthetically pleasing on the senses, with not only great visuals but more often than not a soundtrack that heightens the experience. Collateral has all that and much more. With Tom Cruise playing an ice-cold hit-man executing federal witnesses for a drug cartel, this…
It has a few plot holes here and there, but my god, what an entertaining movie. Full of breathtaking action sequences and sharp dialogue, Mann delivers a taut thriller that might not be exactly perfect, but it's one of the more exhilarating experiences I've had in a while. Tom Cruise is great, to no surprise, but it's Jamie Foxx who steals the show here. Their chemistry together only added to my enjoyment towards the film.
If you haven't seen this one, I'd suggest doing so.
What do you get when you take a scientologist and a stand up comic and put them in a dark gritty film like Collateral? I wish I could think of a punchline to follow that one up so here's what you get...
The acting is outstanding. Jamie Foxx is fantastic in one of his first serious and dramatic roles. In the past, Foxx had proven to be charming, but his actual acting ability had come into question until 2004 where he tackled two Oscar nominated turns in one year: Ray Charles in Ray and cab driver Max in this film. His character is handled very well and made even more complex and compelling than he needed to, thanks to Foxx's…
No recordaba lo buena que era esta película. La tensión, los encuadres, las actuaciones incluso. Michael Mann es definitivamente un bien cineasta.
I watched this in my film class where we analyzed mainly the cinematography. Which made sense, since it did make quite a splash in the film world in that respect: You could see palm trees! At night! Brilliant! So if you're looking for a film that provides evidence as to how shooting on digital can have benefits over shooting on 35mm, this is definitely it. But in terms of the story, it's nothing new. Tom Cruise is a hit man and Jamie Foxx is but a humble taxi driver caught up in the whole thing. But with the cinematography, and Mann's incredible use of sound, it's a good, solid film.
Tom Cruise looked like the skunk that he often is to me and Jamie Fox failed to convince me of anything about his character with his ‘ok’ acting. Although pretty to look at, this film was an inconsistent ride with too much jazz for me to willingly stay on board with the story the entire run. Mark Ruffalo and Javier Bardem were two nice surprises, sadly the part they played was quite small.
*Really liked the driving scene when Jamie stops to let two coyotes cross the road.
rewatched this: it's gorgeous to look at, great urban neo noir ambiance. and scenes of dialogue between Cruise and Fox are hard edged existential ruefulness, perfect noir stuff. Cruise is terrific as this quietly edgy and exacting sociopath, and Fox is good too.
It's just the narrative is so clunky and not believable. Even the premise, in a town like LA, where taxis are simply not ubiquitous like in NY (let alone one of a million with an anonymous yellow facade) that a killer would complicate his task being driven by a taxi and an innocent driver. And pretty much everything else that drives the plot is far fetched...and then the the showdown at the office building is tedious and action movie cliched.
But the mood is there, the last scene gorgeous.
Wasn't too keen on this when I first watched it but after a re watch on blu ray I absoloutly loved it.
A film that time and time again clicks with me. Michael Mann gets it spot on. It could even be a prequel to True Detective. My favourite Tom Cruise performance.
This movie just really, really clicks with me. Love everything about it, the look, the mood. It's basically my favourite movie about lonely people.
And my favourite Cruise performance, that moment with the coyote...
Why has Tom Cruise not been cast as a bad guy more often? In Collateral he does an amazing performance as a cool, badass criminal and Jaime Foxx also does a good job acting. A few things in Collateral to me where a little unrealistic but that doesn't pull you away from the story, action and suspense. Everything holds up, once there's suspense it doesn't stop, when the action starts you get enough to make it feel appropriate and speaking of action the film is really well made during the action or shooting scenes. The story isn't a lot but it does really well for a 2 hour film. A contract killer hops in a taxi, asks for a destination,…
Michael Mann is a top director - Jamie Foxx was a little bit guilty on overacting but ok
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