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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…
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…
Film #6 in Driver’s December Death Penalty AKA The December Project , which is part of Cinebro's The December Challenge. 1 month, 100 movies.
"Okay, look, here's the deal. Man, you were gonna drive me around tonight, never be the wiser, but El Gordo got in front of a window, did his high dive, we're into Plan B. Still breathing? Now we gotta make the best of it, improvise, adapt to the environment, Darwin, shit happens, I Ching, whatever man, we gotta roll with it." - Vincent
This film is about seeing people in ways we've never seen them before. While everyone is pretty much playing against type here, let's start with appearances. Jamie Foxx wears geeky glasses…
The end ties up some
Loose ends better left untied,
But it's still damn fine.
I can't stress how good this one is. One of the finest thrillers I've ever seen. Viciously paced, smartly written and plotted, and the dynamic between Cruise and Foxx is just brilliant. The scope, cinematography, and look and feel of LA that is depicted in this film is just hauntingly beautiful and only adds to the atmosphere that is already there. Also, I'd go ahead and say this is my favorite Tom Cruise performance. He needs to play a villain again.
Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx star in a fantastic thriller set in midnight Los Angeles. Michael Mann just did so many things right with this movie. The directing, writing, use of camera and lighting are just exceptional and so spectacular. This was one of the few movies where I didn't see the mega movie star Tom Cruise, I just saw his dark character, Vincent. Very few movies have been able to do that (one example is Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder), and this was probably his second best performance that I've seen. He took admirable lengths to learn how to handle a firearm, and it paid off extremely well in this movie. He played the part of a hitman so…
Gets better to me on every single viewing. This film is so lean and economical, not wasting any scenes or moments that don't add to the film. Foxx has a compelling arc, going from a quiet and unassuming cab driver to someone who can do things himself that he didn't know possible. But it is Cruise who is the star here, giving an icy cold performance that is menacing and convincing. You buy that he can be this contract killer that can turn on that Cruise charm when necessary to get people to do what he wants.
It has a straightforward plot, nothing too complicated or transcendent, but with the technical prowess this shows it is not necessary. Mann always…
Max: "You killed him?"
Vincent: "No, I shot him. Bullets and the fall killed him."
Not gonna lie, this film blew me away. Michael Mann's direction is flawless, the action scenes are beautifully shot (in fact the whole film is), the acting is spectacular, and the story is fantastic and keeps you guessing to the end. Oh and did I mention its intense as hell? No? Well it is. Jamie Foxx is fantastic as the cab driver who is thrown into a pretty shitty situation. Even though he is the lead he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. I am assuming this is because he was nominated for (and won) Leading Actor that same year.
Though Foxx is undoubtedly fantastic…
This 2004 American thriller is directed by Michael Mann and stars Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo.
Los Angeles taxi driver Max Durocher (Foxx) delivers US Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell (Smith) to her office after striking up a nice rapport with her. As she enters, business man Vincent (Cruise) leaves and enters his taxi. As the two men make light conversation, Vincent offers $600 for Max’s taxi service all night to make 5 stops for him to meet 5 “business associates”. Straying from his usual routine and simple life, Max reluctantly agrees.
On the first stop however, a body falls from a 4th story window riddled with bullet holes and lands on Max’s car. At…
Terrible, unwatchable, annoying.
Beautifully filmed, stunning to look at, solid performances from Jamie Fox and Tom Cruise make this definitely in my top 50 movies of all time.
I felt a little disappointed by the three previous Michael Mann films that I've seen - Heat didn't live up to the hype, Thief has a magnificent soundtrack but I didn't connect with the plot, and The Keep isn't as compellingly weird as I hoped it would be. I really enjoyed Collateral though; despite a few scenes where the plot seems to hinge around some very convenient coincidences, the LA-at-night aesthetic and strong performances from Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise keep it tense, thrilling and enjoyable throughout.
There's also strong support from the likes of Mark Ruffalo and Javier Bardem, actors who have gone on to greater roles that make the supporting cast look even better in retrospect. The fact that Collateral can drop in Jason Statham for a five-second bit part shows that Mann has a gift for assembling an interesting cast!
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