3.0 out of 5 stars
Miami Vice emerges as a decent grown-up thriller despite it's flaws., 12 Oct. 2007
I'm a huge fan of Michael Mann, Collateral and Heat are brilliant and this unfortunately doesn't live up to those two. Having said that it's a tense and scarily realistic film. I mean, theres no way cop life is like how it's portrayed in films like Bad Boys and the Rush Hour series.
Foxx and Farrell are solid as the focused partners, although it would have better to see more interaction between the two, they barely say two words to each other the whole film. The acting overall is very good, with Gong Li and Naomie Harris being the best, it is perhaps ironic that the female characters stand out, since Vice is very much considered a 'guy' movie.
Theres no doubt the main feature of Mann is his visual style. The night time atmosphere of Collateral is brilliant and it is the same here, providing plenty of great cityscapes and night shots. The soundtrack is also brilliant and bonds with the movie well, the highlight being the excellent "Auto Rock" by Mogwai thumping in the emotional finale.
I think the storyline is a weak point in Miami Vice and could have been stronger. I didn't have too much of an idea of what was going on half the time, but this again is part of the realistic cop scenario and avoids having an elaborate plot. I like the opening sequence when you're thrown straight into a heavy-hitting club scene, not sure whats happening and given no clues.
I admit Mann's thriller will not be for everyone and like most of his films it may take multiple viewings to take everything in. Also if you're looking for a movie with non-stop action definitely avoid this. However, Vice is worth the price and if you want a grown-up, intelligent, realistic thriller I would recommend it.