Collateral Movie Review

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Collateral Movie Review (2004)

Collateral is a great example of a movie where an actor does something unexpected and it turns out great. Tom Cruise, who is usually the good-looking action hero or romantic lead, instead plays a dirty, ugly sociopath with gray hair and stubble. This role is completely different from what he normally does, but he pulls it off perfectly. Then there’s Jamie Foxx, the TV-trained comedian of “In Living Color” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” who plays a hesitant, mild cabbie caught in a web spun by a capricious whim of fate. And, despite being so far from their respective established acting backyards, both Cruise and Foxx manage to do it. Vincent is chillingly convincing as Cruise. Max displays unexpected depth and humanity in the film’s final scene when everything goes horribly wrong for him.

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Even though Collateral has a different basis than other movies, it isn’t incredibly original. The film would have more weaknesses in terms of credibility and how the story comes together, but Michael Mann’s directing style and great lead performances make up for that. In addition, even though the ending feels like it was just added on as an afterthought, Mann still manages to keep us engaged and vested in what happens. Collateral doesn’t withstand a post-screening inspection, but it’s one of those movies where the flaws don’t become apparent until after the lights come up. It’s also easier to overlook issues discovered after the film is finished than those that jump out at you while the film is unwinding.

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Cruise is a contract killer who arrives in Los Angeles to kill five people who posed as a problem to his employer through their involvement in an upcoming trial. To travel around the city, he hires Max as his personal chauffeur for the night with the incentive of $600. Upon Vincent’s first stop, where a dead body falls on top of his cab, Max quickly realizes that this trip will be more eventful than initially thought. After that, Max quickly realizes that his passenger has no intention of finding other rides, and if he wants to stay alive, then his only choice is to satisfy Vincent. For Max, the night spent in Vincent’s company includes a number of bizarre detours like a stop at a jazz club or visiting cabbie’s hospitalized mother (Irma P. Hall). Plus, during the course of the night, Vincent offers some tips toMax regarding love life; opining that he should call earlier fare(Jada Pinkett Smith) who left him business card and ask for date. granted they both survivethe night.

Collateral Review

Mann has a habit of going overboard with the look of his pictures from time to time, making them more about his directorial ability than their content. This isn’t the case with Collateral. The film is shot in a conventional manner, albeit with some creative camera angles and shots. (There are several overheads, and helicopter perspectives of the cab as it travels Los Angeles’s semi-derelict post-midnight streets.) Rather than emphasizing camera tricks, Mann instead creates a creepy atmosphere ( the movie has a pronounced noir look and an increasing sense of claustrophobia) and builds tension. Vincent is quick, smart, and dangerous. How can Max hope to survive?

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The reason why this film is called Collateral is because Will has the potential to make a lot of money for Sam. Although other actors come within their paths, the focus here is on Foxx and Cruise (the former more than the latter). Why did Jada Pinkett Smith agree to play a minor, generic love interest/woman in distress in a role that seems unnecessary? Irma P. Hall shines as Max’s cantankerous mother in a somewhat humorous part. Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, and Bruce McGill also appear as standard law enforcement agents who join up Vincent’s pursuit after they are assigned to do so by Miller.

Collateral Movie Review

This story is not about two friends who become close. Max and Vincent do not bond or become close as the night wears on. Instead, this is about how extraordinary circumstances bring to the surface Max’s hitherto unrecognized strengths. Previously a dreamer, Max discovers that he must now act thanks to Vincent being in his life. For the hit-man, there’s no character development because Vincent is the same at the end as he started out to be. All of the Changes are only for max, and Foxx’s precise performance allows us viewers to accept them.

Collateral is not primarily an action film, despite the fact that it has a number of action sequences (including shootouts and chases). The majority of the film is a cat-and-mouse game between Vincent and Max as they try to get what they want. Vincent sees Max as a valuable asset. Freedom is something that Max wants. When Vincent gets into the cab, the odds are already in his favor. By the time night falls, Max has taken on a larger role than his opponent ever expected.

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The interactions between Vincent and Max throughout the film are more intriguing than the scenes with guns, violence, and chases. Also, the screenplay reads as if it’s smarter than it actually is (perhaps because of all the irritatingly self-important comments Vincent makes about humankind’s place in the universe). Style can become substance, and this is one of them. The Collateral drama has style to spare. Cruise and Foxx’s performances are the highlight of the film, while Mann’s direction keeps boredom at bay with his clever use of camera angles.



Michael Mann


Stuart Beattie


Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg

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