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Collateraloffers a change of pace for Tom Cruise as a ruthless contract killer, but that's just one of many reasons to recommend this well-crafted thriller. It's from Michael Mann, after all, and the director's stellar track record with crime thrillers (Thief,Manhunter, and especiallyHeat) guarantees a rich combination of intelligent plotting, well-drawn characters, and escalating tension, beginning here when icy hit-man Vincent (Cruise) recruits cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive him through a nocturnal tour of Los Angeles, during which he will execute five people in a 10-hour spree. While Stuart Beattie's screenplay deftly combines intimate character study with raw bursts of action (in keeping with Mann's directorial trademark), Foxx does the best work of his career to date (between his excellent performance inAliand his title-role showcase inRay), and Cruise is fiercely convincing as an ultra-disciplined sociopath. Jada Pinkett-Smith rises above the limitations of a supporting role, and Mann directs with the confidence of a master, turning L.A. into a third major character (much as it was in the Mann-produced TV seriesRobbery Homicide Division).Collateralis a bit slow at first, but as it develops subtle themes of elusive dreams and lives on the edge, it shifts into overdrive and races, with breathtaking precision, toward a nail-biting climax.--Jeff Shannon
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CastTom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Mark Ruffalo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Peter Berg
DirectorMichael Mann
Screen WriterStuart Beattie
DVD Release Date:  December 14, 2004
Runtime:  120 minutes
Studio:  Dreamworks Video
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review by . September 24, 2010
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Like good jazz Collateral is able to quietly move into your head before washing you away in an ocean of smooth chaos. A tale of two men from two separate backgrounds meet one night in this dreary character-study in a night that will leave both changed forever. The movie begins with a shady character exchanging briefcases in an airport. Afterward we are suddenly thrown into a seemingly separate movie. We are now transported into the life of taxi driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx), a gentle, soft-spoken …
review by . March 24, 2010
Like good jazz Collateral is able to quietly move into your head before washing you away in an ocean of smooth chaos. A tale of two men from two separate backgrounds meet one night in this dreary character-study in a night that will leave both changed forever. The movie begins with a shady character exchanging briefcases in an airport. Afterward we are suddenly thrown into a seemingly separate movie. We are now transported into the life of taxi driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx), a gentle, soft-spoken …
review by . January 01, 2005
This movie has it all. Great acting, superb camera work, terrific directing, great storyline .... Hey, the list goes on and on. This is one of the few thrillers to enjoy again and again. There's always something new to discover, even when you know the story by heart. Buy it!
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