It’s probably never a good day to be a cab driver, but Max is having an exceptionally bad day: he’s just trying to put in his time until he can get his own limo business going, minding his own business, when by a stroke of bad luck, Vincent climbs into his backseat.
Vincent (Tom Cruise) turns out to be a contract killer. We know this because he intends to use Max (Jamie Foxx) as the getaway driver in a series of murders across L.A. The first unlucky victim takes Max by surprise when he crashes through his windshield. That fearsome windshield crack will be a thorn in Max’s side, but it’s just a small obstacle in a rather wild ride. Max is a hostage but under surveillance by the cops he looks rather like an accomplice. Good thing Detective Fanning (Mark Ruffalo) is on the case! He’ll save him!
But not before Max realizes he’s the only one who can save Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith), an attractive lawyer who coincidentally gave him her number earlier that day. Turns out she’s working the wrong case, and her name is on Vincent’s hit list. Yikes.
Director Michael Mann once drove cabs; so did his father before him, and his grandfather owned a taxi company.
Considered to play the role of Vincent: Russel Crowe, Edward Norton, John Travolta, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell
Considered to play the role of Max: Adam Sandler, Cuba Gooding Jr, Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp
I’m glad we got the Cruise-Foxx combo because they made such a great pair. It’s refreshing to see Cruise as the villain and he channels sinister very well. I’m sure Foxx felt it, particularly in those tense scenes in which Cruise is sitting right behind him, leaving Max vulnerable and twitchy. Collateral may be a but formulaic but it’s a highly polished thriller with some great performances. Michael Mann stylishly serves up heaps of tensions, and the performances are great, never overcooked.
The only questions that come to Tubularsock were, “was the meter running the entire time and did Vincent tip”?
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I really liked this movie, fab review Jay.
I found this one quite underwhelming. Performances weren’t particularly bad or anything (though I didn’t find Cruise convincing at all), but I just didn’t consider it all that tense when you consider Heat and The Insider. Maybe if I’d seen it after Miami Vice my expectations would have been lowered.
I have to admit I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan, but I did think this was an enjoyable “popcorn” movie.☺
I seem to remember hearing about this one.
Loved this film, Jay. I thought Cruise played a great bad guy. The only problem I had was the rushed ending. It just didn’t gel with the deliberate pace that went before it. Other than that, it’s a solid flick.
I had forgotten about this film. What a great pairing really.
I don’t love Tom Cruise but this was an enjoyable movie. And Cruise can definitely do crazy! I suspect it comes naturally to him. 🙂
I wonder if it’s awkward now for them that Katie is dating Jamie Foxx… lol
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