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In COLLATERAL, Tom Cruise, TOP GUN hunk and LAST SAMURAI swashbuckling hero, has his first Bad Guy role that I can recall as he plays a vicious, cold-blooded assassin-for-hire. Say it ain't so, Tom! Did ex-wife Nicole Kidman suspect his darker side, you think?
Here, Jamie Foxx plays Max, a low-achieving Los Angeles cabbie with dreams flogging the PM shift, who picks up Vincent (Cruise), who's just arrived in the city. Ostensibly, as Vincent explains, he's in town to gather overnight five signatures on a real estate deal before flying out the next morning. Vincent offers Max $700 to be his chauffeur for the wee hours before delivering him back to the airport on time. It isn't until Max's first stop, during which a body falls on the windshield of his ride from a fourth story window, that he realizes that perhaps his tip for the gig isn't big enough. Unfortunately, Vincent, with inexorable persuasion, says "drive on", after loading the body into the trunk. As the corpses begin to accumulate at various locales around the city, a street smart cop begins to connect the dots, and the chase is on.
During the first two-thirds of the film, Vincent philosophizes about the inescapable presence of politically incorrect Death in the world, and his unremarkable and necessary role as a Grim Reaper. At times, the two men almost seem on the verge of bonding, as when Vincent bails Max out during an over-the-radio dispute with the latter's overbearing boss-dispatcher. And when Max apparently takes Vincent's advice to take the carpe diem thing more seriously than procrastinating his dreams as is his wont. But Max's overriding horror at the night's killing spree wins out.
The last third of COLLATERAL degenerates into a typically Tinseltownish Babe-in-Peril-Saved-in-the Nick-of-Time scenario - something that should be suspected during the first 15 minutes, when Max emotionally connects with a fare, a smart yet engagingly vulnerable Federal prosecutor (Jada Pinkett Smith) who needs to work late at the office prepping for tomorrow's opening of a big case. Now, while there's nothing wrong with that, and it is a nail-biter, it's not consistent with the refreshingly intelligent scripting of what came before. Thus, I can only award 4 stars for a failure to follow through. I must say, however, that the acting by both Cruise and Foxx is superb, and it's difficult to tell which is the Lead and which the Supporting role.
Finally, I can unequivocally answer "no" to the last of Vincent's questions posed to Max. I've sometimes looked pretty dead on the Metro ride to work in the morning, and nobody's noticed.
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on 9 May 2005
Collateral; was fabulous until 1 hour and 30 mins. It's one of those films where you think after you've watched it, "What happened to the ending!".
Tom Cruise (The Last Samurai) plays Vincent, a cool, stylish man set out on job to kill certain people who could or are threats but he is doing these as a criminal. Jamie Foxx (Ray), plays Max who is a cab driver in LA where he does rides in the night. Unfortunately for Foxx, him and Cruise meet when Cruise climbs into Foxx's cab.
Cruise pays 600 bucks for Foxx to be his driver for the night as Cruise has to meet with some "friends" all over that area. Foxx believes him until Cruise shots a man out of a window and lands on top of his cab. They carry on with close calls with the police nearly catching them and Foxx trying to escape.
A fast paced film also with Jada Pinkett (Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions), and some fantastic shooting scenes and action scenes but with a terrible ending. It was an ending like "The Village" or "Jurassic Park 3"; it's just the end.
Overall a great hour and 30mins with the Cruise and Foxx at their finest, with great style but from then on it was spoiled by the ending.
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on 5 July 2014
Very good. Cruise different, Fox difference. Watch it.
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on 29 February 2008
Michael Mann is the greatest living Amerian director alive today and COLLATERAL only serves to confirm his stature. After HEAT (which frames a classic confrontation between DeNiro and Pacino in a movie that was a symphony of violence and introspection- best thriller of the 1990's), Mann takes two more exceptional actors in Cruise and Foxx, and sets them against each other in the confines of a taxicab. The driver Max (Foxx), a loser who dreams of paradise, is the hostage of existentialist contract killer Vincent (Cruise), who first tricks and then forces Max into chauffering him around LA as he executes his bloody tasks. Full of Mann's prototypical and wry observations, and beautifully photographed, edited and scored, the movie grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Probably Tom Cruise's finest performance ever, as he reaches inside to extract a psychotic darkness and animal intelligence that redefines him as an actor.
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on 6 September 2015
Exactly what I wanted and speedy delivery!!
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on 19 January 2005
Max is just an ordinary cab driver, working the night shift, when he picks up what he think is just another ordinary fare, the accountant-like Vincent (Cruise). He gets talked into being the guy's chauffeur for the night. From then on, the night turns sour, as Vincent is in town to complete five assasinations, not a real estate deal as he'd pretended.
Cruise in this film is a pleasant surprise - it's great to see how he's matured with age. Starting out just as a cold fish (at one point posing successfully as an actuary to gain enterance to a house), the true nature of Vincent's psycopathy gradually emerges.
Tied to the steering wheel of the cab, dragged into helping Vincent hide bodies and running from the police, will Max survive to see the morning?
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on 5 August 2014
Has to be one of TC best films.. gripping
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on 19 July 2014
Excellent film and in very good condition
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on 9 March 2015
Fast delivery. Very pleased many thanks.
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on 20 January 2005
I thought that this was one of the best films of 2004. Tom Cruise plays the villan and it was good to see. Jamie Foxx however gave a better performance as the Cab driver Max.
The film is basically just Max (Foxx) being forced to take Vincent (Cruise) around L.A to kill people in the court case that Vincent is going up for.
The film is both amusing and even though you know what the outcome will be in the end you are still on the edge of your seat until it actually finishes.
I you haven't seen this film you should but by no means expect to see a classic.
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