Collateral

     
 

            Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx do an excellent job playing their parts in the slick movie Collateral.  To pretty much sum it up, Jamie’s character, Max, is a cab driver and one day he picks up a person named Vincent (Tom Cruise).  Now things seem to go okay, ladi dadi da, they make one stop then CRASH!  There goes a body on Max’s cab.  From there on Vincent forces Max to take him on different routes so that he may fulfill and complete the duty of his hit-list, oh by the way Vincent is a contract killer.

            The movie is filled with philosophical ideas thrown in here and there, which do actually help the movie.  Vincent is a character with much style and just a ruthless attitude; he has to be one of my top favorite movie characters ever.  The look in Collateral is a mix of a low budget and high budget film.  It is high definition and the colors are nice but the director has chosen to not use a camera stand or stabilizer in most shots which makes the screen a tad bit shaky in some areas.  One thing that Michael Mann did that impressed me was that he made the city a beautiful part of the scenery, which is what many movies try to do but in the end fail.  The movie feels modern, it doesn’t feel old nor does it feel that it is trying to be too stylish, it was just right (quoted Goldie Locks).  The best part of Collateral would have to be its writing, which is very good in some parts.  It draws you in and makes you want to watch on.  Towards the end of the movie though the story kinds of falls apart and is only saved (in my opinion) by the touching ending.  All in one night both Max and Vincent have had there lives crumble before them and the end is a desperate attempt of both.

             This movie is sort of drawn out and can be dull at certain areas, but overall it was a good watch and I’m glad that it is a part of my “very select” selection of DVDS ( not really I usually buy whatever).  The unstoppable Vincent and the un-blindfolded Max make two great characters in the sleek movie, Collateral.-the Talking Mime       

 

       
  Directed By: Michael Mann            
       

Rating 90%

       
  Rated R (Violence, Strong Foul Language)          
               
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9/16/06