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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mann misfire?, 12 Nov 2010
This review is from: Miami Vice [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Like he did with his own LA Takedown (which became Heat) director Michael Mann re-invents his hit TV show from the 80's with this big budget movie version.

Upon its release it disappointed most audiences, who were probably half expecting pastel coloured suits and a Jan Hammer soundtrack, but Mann brings the idea up to date with a very realistic portrayal of undercover police work.

As usual Mann's style is very slick and bristling with energy, a simple scene of dialogue for example has a lightning storm flashing in the distance! The music is superb once again and the story is just complex enough without falling over into the abyss of incomprehensibility! Ok so it's probably longer than it needs to be and the film just cries out for a really cool car chase, but there are some great moments with the Go-Fast speedboats and of course a typical Mann-style climactic shootout!

Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx play Crockett and Tubbs respectively but for me their characters are rather un-engaging and don't have any personality whatsoever, a far cry from Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas whose 'buddy' relationship was always an enjoyable aspect of the TV series. This is the biggest fundamental flaw with the film, even DeNiro's and Pacino's characters from Heat had more of a friendship than Crockett and Tubbs do in this movie and they were on opposite sides of the law! This Crockett and Tubbs hardly say a word to each other throughout the entire film! They're just too cold and lifeless to really care about.

Granted you would have to be a certain type of person to do the type of undercover work that Crockett and Tubbs do and maybe the characters are intentionally the way they are but if this is the case then Mann doesn't do a particularly good job at getting this explanation across in the film.

In the end imagining a slice of chocolate cake, that looks and smells fantastic, but upon eating has no taste at all, wouldn't be that far off the feeling of disappointment you feel when you watch Miami Vice! However it is still a brilliant film, even if it does occasionally misfire and if it's any consolation the version presented here on Blu-ray is far better than the Director's Cut which is the only version available in the States!
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