All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
Mann's MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.
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…
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…
''Take comfort in knowing you never had a choice.''
Prompted by my recent viewing of Michael Mann's stunning debut Thief, I am tempted to continue riding the wave and re-examine his work. I have fond memories of seeing Collateral in 2004 in a cinema in Budapest whilst on a European trip with my wife - Just because I just wanted to go to the movies in another country.
I was already a big fan of 'The' Mann after Manhunter, Heat and The Insider and this outing only proved that he knew what the hell he was doing, no matter how meticulous and exacting he was and how much it pissed off most of his cast members with endless takes. What…
I'm kicking myself for it taking nearly 9 years to return to Collateral. It holds up better than a lot of films pushing the 10 year milestone. It could be released in theaters today and none would be the wiser to its age, or at least to my naive self. The central performances are solid gold, grounded in reality but still enigmatic in dealing with lone gunmen and the L.A. fringes. Cruise has had his ups and downs in the public eye and if I recall correctly, this was his last big deal role before the media (and Cruise's own self-inflicted nuttiness) turned his career sour on people. But under the wing of Michael Mann, this was his last great…
It's a pleasure to re-watch a film and have it be as good as that first watch. Fox & Cruise showcase their acting skills with control and subtlety. It's a very mood-driven film if not a little predictable and uneven at times. Great to hear Green Car Motel getting some play.
Spannend inszenierter Thriller von Michael Mann mit tollen Actionsequenzen, einem sympathischen Jamie Foxx und einer interessanten Reflexion urbaner Anonymität.
Collateral is a solid, slow-burn action thriller. It'd been eight or nine years since I'd last seen this movie and I hardly remembered anything about it, but once things got rolling, I felt right at home. Tom Cruise is exceptional as a cold, calculating hitman, but the real nod goes to Jamie Foxx who shows off terrific acting chops in this earlier serious role of his. Between the two of them, the viewer is treated to a heavy, almost oppressive, atmosphere of anxious dread. You know something is about to happen. You know things can't possibly turn out well for Foxx's character. You KNOW someone else is about to die. But all you can do is sit there, watch, listen,…
Tom was grt... as usual.. tight suspense too!!!
NOTE: This is less a review of Collateral and more mindless praise over the director.
Michael Mann... Michael bloody Mann...
I don't know how he does it, but with every film I've seen him do (which admittedly is just this and Heat) he manages to create this intangiable sense of atmosphere, this exhilarating electricity in the air. I can't describe it, but there's some sort of magic he creates with his sweeping LA vistas, his vivid night shots and muted, subtle lighting. Whenever I see his films, I'm there. Right there, in the moment.
LA has never felt so real. Not even when I visited it on holiday. Mann creates this ethereal, almost numinous world that trancends reality itself. Now…
Finally, a Tom Cruise film for people who do not like Tom Cruise! He is older. He is no longer stuck on his own good looks. He is no longer able to rely on superpowers that enable him to outrun sand storms and helicopters. He is cunning. He is dark and just a little frightening. Jamie Foxx is a great foil and Jada is nicely underplayed. It's a real sleeper film for many who would normally think they'd hate a Tom Cruise film!
Right off the bat, this is a deeply flawed film. The premise doesn’t quite hold water, and some of the set pieces require some major suspension of disbelief. That said, however, “Collateral” is a taut, entertaining and supremely well-oiled thriller, courtesy of ace director Michael Mann. Tom Cruise, again, is the most consistently daring actor of our generation, and he is wonderful as a contract killer who uses cab driver Jamie Foxx as his ride between killings. Towards the end, Cruise looked as if he was channeling the Terminator, but he’s having fun and we get a kick out of it. I wish the great Mark Ruffalo and a buff Jada Pinkett Smith had more to do with their minimal roles, but we already know it’s Foxx and Cruise all the way. Together, they carry the show quite well.
Mann makes done of the coolest action flicks around. I would take a Mann film any day over a Nolan film if given the chance. Somehow he is able to tap into these actors to get the best out of them. I think this is one of the best performances from Jamie Fox and Tom Cruise if not the best performance they have done. Jamie Fox is sometime a little to strong in his performances because he is such a loud and bigger than life actor like Cruise but in this film, there performances are honestly laid back and not over barring like they can be. Fox got an Oscar nod and Cruise should have. Mann's direction is great here…
Tom Cruise is the ultimate Hollywood blockbuster star. If you can't respect that, your whole perspective is whack.
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