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on 18 May 2005
This was no suprise to find the director was Mr Mann, as the filming, or if you call it photography, was stylish and had great impact on the presentation of the storey. I knew him from the earlier days of Mimai Vice.
The storey line was great, the acting and dialogue were strong and well directed. There was dark elements mixed with humour and romance. We rented it and were royally entertained. Sit back and watch with movie, it's pace changes thoughout the film and has twists along the way. Happy viewing.
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on 21 November 2015
Good but not great. Tense drama with good actors doing a good job. Tom Cruise gives good Menace but the story line limps a bit sometimes and the end is not that exciting when you get there. This is sounding more critical than it should so let me add; if you have never seen it you should. Recommended
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on 13 January 2005
After seeing this movie it is hard to beleive that some were put off it by the fact that cruise plays the villian. Indeed Cruise delivers one of his greatest performances to date as a ruthless human-first Killer-second manhunter, who hijacks the taxi off Max, Brilliantly played by Jamie Foxx. However this movies' streanth is not just in it's biseps, it is firmly a directors film and Mann excells himself, creating a picture that is both edgey, thrilling, gritty, and incredibly cool. Mann describes this film as an 'excestential drama', and most of the films dialouge does concern itself with the meaning of life (brought on by the profession of Cruises' character), but the brilliantly constructed action sequences and tense atmosphere place it squarley in the realm of the great action thrillers, it sits side by side with movies like 'the hunt for red october' and 'patriot games'. Having said this, it does sport a pridictable ending (and I mean REALLY pridictable) but this doesn't stop it from reaching that last star. You must see this film.
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on 13 October 2013
It seemed unlikely Michael Mann could match, or improve on the crime masterpiece that was
Heat. However 8 years later he did exactly that with the release of Collateral. Tom Cruise, who I never
cared for gives the performance of his career as the hit man. It's wonderfully shot and the script is
bang-on. If Heat's centerpiece was the street gun fight, Collateral's is the nightclub scene, one of the very best action scenes in history.
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on 4 August 2006
I must admit to finding Tom Cruise generally a poor actor. Only occasionally does he seem to fit his character. In Magnolia he was right on the button but too often he's pretty dire sometimes embarrassingly so as in Vanilla Sky. In Collateral I feel he is believable and the storyline works well. I was pulled along by the film and by TC. I spent some time as a taxi driver and recall days when you did get embroiled in people's lives way beyond the call of duty so appreciated the role of the taxi driver which was well handled by Jamie Foxx. Michael Mann isnt my favourite filmmaker by keeps the suspense levels high throughout. The scene on the car roof is a classic one and reminds me of those frogs in Magnolia
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on 6 January 2016

Brilliant film. Tremendous direction, phenomenal acting and so much meaning! Great Blu-Ray quality, although the film has an intentional gritty look so it's visually stunning in its own way.
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on 11 February 2005
Michael Mann's exceptional piece of moviemaking re-occurs as Collateral brings out the best performance in the most famous movie star in the world, Tom Cruise. Vincent (Cruise) is an assassin who has just flown into LA and has five targets to assassinate during a the night. Vincent hires cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive to five points to see some 'old friends'. But Max soon realises Vincent's five stop offs are simply cross-hairs, unknowingly awaiting their fate.
In terms of last years films, Collateral is the best viewed by yours truly. The digital camera effect used by Michael Mann is far more vivid and life like, coupled along with LA at night and the film making is enhanced to sheer effect. Seeing Cruise transfer to the Dark Side (albeit not very long, his the saviour in War of The Worlds next) is a shrewd, fresh move that brings life and charisma to the anti-sociopath Vincent. Jamie Foxx, Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor for Collateral offers a great collaboration with Cruise that makes for teriffic popcorn entertainment. Despite the loss of Momentum, similar to Jan De Bont's Speed, and the lack of screen time the excellent Mark Ruffalo is limited to, the film is worthy of viewing. Wise cracking, explosive, serious and riveting, in terms of film making and entertainment, there were none better than the vivid realism of Collateral in 2004.
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on 25 February 2005
Brilliantly atmospheric photography, capturing the seediness of downtown LA. Cruise suitably stylish, complete with badger grey hair but it is Jamie Foxx who steals the movie. His character, slightly Walter Mittyish,works brilliantly against Cruise's amoral assassin character. Good plot but slightly disappointing ending. Overall very watchable.
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on 4 April 2013
This is Tom Cruise in possibly the best role of his career, playing a ruthless assassin who forces a cab driver,(Foxx), to drive him round the city while he performs five hits in just one night. It makes a nice change to see Cruise as the bad guy for once and it's something that he should try doing more often as he excels as the ruthless assassin Vincent. Foxx also gives a great performance as Max, the cab driver who dreams of running his own limousine business in the future, who is forced to endure a night filled with death and mayhem.
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Michael Mann created this film with the help of classic, romantic motifs: the romantic doppelganger, the mirror image and the Devil as doppelganger.
This dive into the toolbox of Romanticism adds depth and existential meaning to a story, which might otherwise remain just another piece of bad news.
A few years back I wrote a paper on Collateral. This paper is now included in my book, Romantiske Doppelgänger, which was published in 2013.
Collateral is a perfect film in every sense.

Bodil Marie -So Full of Herself
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