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on 29 November 2004
Definitely in my top three films ever. Collateral manages to get the right balance between action and a multi-dimensional plot. At times the suspense is phenomenal, and while there is violence and gore, it is superbly done and integral to the story rather than being gratuitous and repetitive. The storyline is gripping and frequently surprisingly moralistic and thought-provoking, and the gunfight in the Fever club shows some outstanding choreography coupled with a great trance/electronica tune (an Oriental-language version of "Ready Steady Go!" by Paul Oakenfold). Excellent film all round with a great cast and an excellent storyline: buy it.
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have no control over Amazon putting this review under other film formats eg Blu-Ray. This review is for the DVD version. Whilst the plot may be the same, the final cut, audio, video quality may vary on other formats.
There are very few Tom Cruise films that I dislike, so this was a safe gamble for me when I bought it without knowing anything about the film.

Tom Cruise steps out of his usual heroic character and into the shoes of Vincent, a cold and calculating assassin. He gets picked up by Max (Jamie Foxx), a mild mannered taxi Driver and is ferried around from one kill to another, but something goes wrong and Max becomes aware of his passengers true intentions and his connection to the last victim on the hit list.

Almost 10 years old now, but this film still has a lot of appeal and even though you may know the whole plot, it is still a film you can pick up and watch from time to time. So for the current price of 2 GBP it is a sound entertainment investment
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I've seen the two extremes of Tom Cruise this weekend. The bloody awful half in War of the Worlds and then the magestic assassin of Collateral. Michael Mann somehow turns Tom into a Robert De Niro from the past. Quite easily his best performance since Magnolia.

I'm a massive fan of the movie - it's probably in my top 5. Yes, the end is odd but that doesn't destroy the rest of it. Michael Manns tour of LA with two great characters who put over some great dialogue.

I don't see much point on dwelling on a movie review so, what's the transfer to BD like? Great! It's a dark film scene wise (it's all at night) so some grain should be expected besides that the rest of the transfer is nice and detailed. The jazz club scene looks amazing. A big leap over my now redundant DVD.

I didn't notice a massive difference in the audio though. Maybe that's because I've been amazed by the audio on War of the Worlds though?

Audio: English DTS-HD Master; French 5.1 DD; German 5.1 DD; Italian 5.1 DD; Spanish 5.1 DD;

Subs: English SDH; Danish; Dutch; Finnish; French; German; Italian; Spanish; Norwegian; Swedish;

Region Free
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VINE VOICEon 3 November 2013
If any of you have ever played the Hitman video games you will probably think that you could do quite well as contract killer given the right tools. You'd probably be right, or at least you'd be a hundred times better than Vincent in this movie. Apparently the phrase "silent assassin" is not in his vocabulary. He doesn't even use silencers on his very loud gun.

Tom Cruise plays Vincent - a thoroughly conspicuous looking character who is in LA for a spot of contract killing. He hires unhappy cabbie Max (Jamie Foxx) for the whole night. Five stops, five kills - all in a night's work.

This arrangement might have worked if Vincent were competent in the least. But he's just terrible. He leaves evidence everywhere, makes moronic mistakes, walks in front of every CCTV camera in LA, leaves fingerprints everywhere, and blabs far too much to Max, who any half-competent assassin would off at the end of the night anyway. Whatever the bad guys are paying him, the paycheck far exceeds the skill. I know the face and name need to sell the movie, but surely you'd remember a suspicious guy who looked like Tom Cruise being at the scene of every murder in LA during the course of one night.

Michael Mann directs the film with amazing skill, brilliantly capturing the multiple looks and feelings of night-time LA. There are many scenes of tangible atmosphere in Collateral, so much so that the film is eerily calming. Using a combination of digital cameras for the car scenes and 35mm (Super35 sadly, not anamorphic) for the interiors there are many gorgeous shots and stunning compositions.

Cruise and Foxx have great chemistry together though it must be said that Foxx comes off as the better performer/character. Neither of them overact and keep their cool but there's a true realistic edge to his lonely cabbie than Cruise's idiot assassin who leaves incriminating exhibits A-Z all over LA.

Look out for a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo from the Transporter himself right at the very start.

The Blu-ray is in gorgeous looking 2.35:1 1080p with colors so vivid and lifelike you'll forget your watching a movie and not real life. The DTS HD-MA soundtrack is also stunning, fully complimenting the movie's dynamic sound design. Gunshots and very loud and pack a heavy punch, if you have a home theatre you'll love it. James Newton Howard's atmospheric score is also seamlessly woven into the film's sound design and it's surely Howard at the top of his game, miraculously blending his own score with non-original tracks. Seriously, if you have a home theatre you'll LOVE the Fever Club scene.
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on 1 March 2005
I didn't get around to seeing this in the cinema, and now after having watched the DVD twice I really regret it. A fantastic movie.
Tom Cruise has never been better as the icy psychopath Vincent, and Jamie Foxx proves that he's not only a very funny comedian but an excellent straight actor.
It's rare to get a thriller from Hollywood for adults with grown up people in all the roles. It didn't pull its punches either, and I particularly liked the downbeat ending. Jamie and Jada both looked as if they'd been through a hellish experience by the end. There was no false happy Hollywood ending tacked on to make the audience feel good, which in my view turned an excellent story into a classic. Tom Cruise make more movies like this please!
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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 7 July 2015
Max has been a cab driver for twelve years. The faces have come and gone from his rear- view mirror, people and places he's long since forgotten.....until tonight.

Vincent is a contract killer. When a trafficking cartel learns that they're about to be indicted by a federal grand jury, they mount an operation to kill the key witness, and the last stage is tonight.

It is on this night that Vincent has arrived, and five bodies are supposed to fall. Circumstances cause Vincent to hijack Max' taxicab, and Max becomes collateral.

Through the night, Vincent forces Max to drive him to each assigned destination. And as the L.A.P.D. and F.B.I. race to intercept them, Max and Vincent's survival become dependent on each other, in ways neither would have imagined........

Just lately, Mann has fallen off track with his directing, and when you compare the likes of Miami Vice and Public Enemies to this, Heat, and The Insider, it's quite frustrating when you know that the man is a veritable genius.

Even though the film is set in the dead of the night, Los Angeles has never looked more alive in a movie. Manns L.A is reminds on of the first Terminator movie, raw, dirty, and dangerous. Yes the song said 'I love L.A', but the song wouldn't have been that good if it elaborated 'just not these parts'.

The relationship between Vincent and Max is fundamental to the films progression, and it is one strange relationship. In some parts, the narrative really leads you to believe that Max will survive the night, and there are times when you think to yourself, 'just go with it Max, Vincent's quite reasonable'.

And this is why Vincent is so dangerous, Cruise portrays him as a reasonable person, almost a friend to Max, when stereotypical plot narrative would just tell you that Max wouldn't survive. This is why Collateral is so innovative, you care for both hero and villain.

Cruise is wonderful, and it's one of his best roles, and what Mann does with Vincent's apparel is another genius stroke, as his plan begins to fall apart and Vincent begins to lose it, his clothes become more frayed and damaged, just like his psyche.

The final third of the movie is tense on the verge of uneasy watching, you feel just as helpless and desperate as Max, when he sees Vincent on the floor below his next intended victim.

As the sun rises on a steam-punksesque L.A, a story told by one of the characters comes into to its own, a perfect ending to a great thriller.
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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 19 January 2016
One of the best movies ever made - beautiful, intense, and dramatic. The cinematography is gorgeous, the performances astounding, the action is gritty, the film is thought provoking - and the soundtrack is perfect. When the film ends, you feel as if you've just had an experience, and takes a while to adjust to reality. Totally worth checking out, you won't regret it.
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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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