Miami Vice (2006) (Ltd)
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florida. una grossa multinazionale del crimine sembra coinvolta in un traffico di droga. a capo dell'organizzazione malavitosa ci sta un'astuta donna d'affari di origine cubano-cinese. ad indagare sul caso i due detective sotto copertura james crockett e ricardo tubbs...
Bearing absolutely no resemblance to the 1980s TV series that helped to propel Michael Mann into big-time filmmaking, Miami Vice is the kind of serious, and seriously stylish, crime drama that Mann does better than anyone else. As written by Mann himself, this undercover sting thriller doesn't reach the peak intensity of Mann's 1995 classic Heat, and it lacks the tight, nail-biting suspense of Collateral, but that doesn't mean it doesn't occasionally pack a wallop. As Miami detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs (respectively), Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx don't have to do much but mumble their plot-thickening dialogue and look ultra-cool in the casual cop attire, and their partnership is rather lifeless on screen (perhaps owing to the fact that this was a troubled production, with an actual shooting that occurred during filming, and Foxx's refusal to risk his life on dangerous locations in South America). But once Mann shifts into high gear with a plot to foil a powerful drug kingpin (Luis Tosar) and his ruthless middle-man (John Ortiz), Vice pays off with the kind of smart, realistic action that Mann's fans have come to expect. With Chinese superstar Gong Li as Crockett's love interest on the wrong side of the law, Miami Vice covers territory that's a little too familiar, and one suspects Mann's screenplay might've been punched up with a polish or two. Still, this is an above-average crime thriller that demands and rewards close attention, with a climactic shoot-out that's pure Mann, worthy of the brooding drama that precedes it. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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I was no fan of the TV series, I don't watch TV anyway as it's generally overflowing with absolute junk. This has little in common except the names of the characters. The script, the staging, the extra complications to an already complicated plot, the set pieces and the performances of the actors and the stunning lead actress (Gong Li) are flawless.
Hopefully I will continue to be in awe of Michael Mann's work, he's a true craftsman.
If you want a brain-dead movie, watch Bad Boys. If you want an intelligent hardcore realistic movie about going undercover watch MV.This 2006 movie opens with Numb/Hardcore blasting on the soundtrack as Michael Mann launches you straight into the seething underworld in which vice cops Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) operate, without opening credits or a title banner, and goes on steadfastly to resist the convention of slowing down to introduce the audience to who and what they're watching. The high-definition video photography - dark, lustrous, sometimes faintly grainy like a high-quality pirate - compounds the film's strange flatness.
The bottom line on the film is that is a very smart, tightly paced, action-packed police thriller with beautiful cinematography and great performances underscored by a compulsive tension that builds from frame 1 until the end of the movie.
The bottom line on the public is that because the film is so unconventional and densely plotted, it left many of our X-Factor lovin' brethren in the dust. Too bad. They're all lined up to take shots at a film which can only be described as "boring" by a reviewer who simply couldn't follow the bread crumbs.
When the film was released I read dozens of posts by moviegoers who had no clue what was going on in the film. To be completely honest, it took me two or three viewings to really understand how certain plot points worked together. This is a very good film for people who will appreciate the clever, intelligent way director Michael Mann constructs the whole. This is not a great film for people looking for ticking alligators, goofy sidekicks, wacky informants and a Jan Hammer beat. This is a movie for grownups. The rest need not bother.
Turn the sub titles on if you have a problem with the dialogue- Its not rocket science.
Regarding the music Michael Mann's jittery cop drama has an OST of two parts: the brash house/ hip hop of the clubs where Crockett & Tubbs do their under cover work, and the moody HEAT-like synths of the pair's respective private moments. You only really get the vibe of the former here with composer John Murphy's (28 Days Later, Snatch) excellent input reduced to 2 tracks. This album loses a star due to the absence of the Linkin Park/Jay-Z mash-up that scored the excellent trailer and begins the movie
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