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This review is from: Miami Vice [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I am not a big fan of TV.
So the TV series passed me by, although I believe it has quite a following, so I approached this movie on the strength of Mr. Mann's previous work - an impeccible portfolio.
Whatever, however, Iunderstand this work has nothing to do with the TV series, other than it's title, location, the names of the two lead characters and Michael Mann's history.
Now,I believe that this movie would have fared much, much better at the box office and with its critics if it had gone out under a different banner - title.
Released, unburdened from expectation, untainted by nostalgia, free of cult following of the small screen.
However, whatever, I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed this movie, it improves with each repeat viewing and I watch over and over.
For me there is nothing that galls.
The plot, sub-plots and chapters are seamless.
The editing, screenplay, dialogue and cinematography are flawless the acting superb.
Farrell and Foxx make their roles - a kind of professionally attached emotionally detatched partnership - and Gong Li and John Ortiz are simply outstanding.
A graphic movie, dark, brooding,- with suspense and violence underscoring every scene.
Hard-boiled, brutal and breath-taking.
You can feel the rank heat and humidity.
Now I am probably going aggravate some readers - curl their toes, having them scream 'NO!NO!NO!' but for me this movie is right up there with 'Heat' and 'Collateral'.
This is a film of true quality - one of the best.
This is big screen entertainment.
The soundtrack, too, is compiled with the same deft touch,consumate skill as the movie - and is dank and dirty.
I am on my fourth copy - I've given three different friends on seperate occassions one each - because on listening they've asked - demanded a copy.
It's addictive - with or without the movie.
Both soundtrack and movie are an absolute delight.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2013 01:32:45 BDT
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L. Stockton says:
I have watched the original TV Series and this Movie remake. Both are as good as each other - Colin Farrell makes an excellent "James 'Sonny' Crockett" easy equal to that of Don Johnson, but the other characters (especially Jamie Foxx's "Ricardo Tubbs") far surpass the original 80's characters as they are much grittier and tougher, more realistic.
Even the music's up there with the original; the opening Jay-Z/Linkin Park collaboration (Encore/Numb) and Goldfrapp (Strict Machine) tracks being standout - there's even a tip of the hat to the 80's version in the music with hints of "Crocketts Theme" (A-500) and "In the Air Tonight"
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