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Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Cut) (2006)

Art House & International movie directed by Michael Mann

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Not sure what I watched or where Miami went

  • Jul 27, 2006
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I realize that when a remake is made from a television series (or a movie) there is some element of creative liberties. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Many people will report that this new rendition is either too much like the original or such an insult to the original it is heresy. I have to be honest I am not really thrilled about taking old television shows and remaking them. This type of exercise demonstrates that Hollywood is really running low on the idea tank for new films.

I mean how many more retro TV shows are going to be made into blockbuster movies? Here are the obituaries of classic TV shows that (I feel) were butchered as movies.

* Bewitched
* The Dukes of Hazard
* Fat Albert
* Charlie's Angels (and there was a sequel)
* Scooby Doo (and "sigh" there was a sequel)
* Starsky & Hutch

This is just to list a few, yet I know I am forgetting a couple.

So here we have the remake of "Miami Vice" (2006) and this DVD features an unrated director's cut. I didn't see this movie in the theater so I have no idea what was added to the D-Cut. I must admit I didn't have the highest expectations going into this movie. However, I found myself really enjoying the first 20 to 30 minutes. Then the movie really went down the toilet.

Jamie Foxx is an excellent actor, being able to pull off action, drama and comedy beautifully. Nevertheless, Jamie Foxx is wasted in this movie. Anything I have seen Colin Farrell in has been a disappointment; S.W.A.T. keeps coming to my mind. (Hold on, wasn't that an old TV series too? I believe it was and the movie sucked.) However I have to give Farrell credit, his American accent in this movie was amazing. He did a hell of a job. In contrast, I don't know what he was trying to do with the mustache in this movie.

As for the chemistry between Foxx and Farrell, I didn't think it was there. After all this was the heart of the "Miami Vice". The interaction between Sonny (Don Johnson) and Rico (Philip Michael Thomas) was great. Watching this movie it is painfully apparent that the "new" Sonny (Colin Farrell) and Rico (Jamie Foxx) have a transparent relationship when in juxtaposition to their predecessors.

Now this movie is called "Miami Vice" right? So with this type of title one would be lead to the conclusion that the movie would take place in Miami. Not so much. Most of the movie takes place out of the United States, South America and/or Cuba or other unknown places; I must admit the cinematography was beautiful. Consequently this isn't a National Geographic special, it is an action movie. Where was I? Oh, Sonny and Rico go undercover after being brought in by the FBI and/or CIA to deal with heavy duty drug dealers. I still find it dubious that two Miami police officers would be brought into an international drug/customs affair. In retrospect this plot element can be almost forgiven.

This movie lacks any real action or suspense. "Miami Vice" (unrated director's cut) clocks at about two and a half hours long. In this given timeframe there are only two real action sequences, sorry racing boats don't count in my opinion. This format really produces a very sloppy and clumsy paced movie. Not to mention there is an unnecessary love interest for Sonny. Sonny's sordid love interest is "the bad guy's girl" and seems moot, not to mention it takes a lot of screen time away from Rico. There was also a scene with a residential trailer and shoddy CGI, I just laughed. I digress to the first 20 to 30 minutes of regulation of this film. The pace was good, Sonny and Rico were working together, there was a bit of suspense and THEY WERE IN MIAMI!!!!

While I wasn't expecting the "white suites", peachy music and pseudo 80s cheese that made the television show great. I was expecting a new twist on Miami Vice, yet still keeping the integrity of the original. This movie had the potential to have this "new twist". The version of this "Miami Vice" was gritty and dark, giving the film a more modern feel. This is good because Miami in 2006 is different than it was in the1980s. Sadly after the first thirty minutes this movie just ran out of gas.

In conclusion, this movie might have been good if it wasn't called "Miami Vice", or if the movie had more action, or more interaction with the two leads, or if Colin lost the mustache. This movie just left a bad taste in my mouth. With regards to retro television show being remade as movies, "The Land of the Lost" (a favorite TV show of mine) is being remade and released this summer. I feel the forecast for this film will be disaster.

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December 13, 2010
I must say she is a cutie. The Straw man
December 13, 2010
I only saw this one because of Gong Li... =)
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review by . December 12, 2010
This movie is pretty good, but not entirely so
I join the general population of reviewers who gave mixed reviews. This film lacks any sense of humor and is sometimes unclear. Jamie Foxx does an excellent acting job, but Colin Farrell did not seem to always express the correct emotions. The story begins with an undercover job gone bad resulting in a death. Farrell and Foxx insist upon stepping in if their undercover work is not revealed because they suspect that someone in the police agencies is revealing information to the criminals. Farrell …
review by . October 10, 2007
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What's wrong with all the critics? Always comparing to that 80's show. Sure the movie has the same title, pastel colors here and there. But it's different, it's really good.   Time moved on guys.   This is the third time I watched the movie. It is a Michael Mann film, meaning it's perfect. Terrific script, great action, beautiful music, wonderful acting, perfect frames.  Just don't start comparing. Trust Michael Mann's professionalism. After all he's done Collateral, …
review by . December 29, 2006
Never having been a fan of the TV series (but I confess to never having seen an entire episode), I had no expectations going in, except to be entertained with Mann's customary flair for terse dialogue and stunning visuals. And on that level, I wasn't disappointed. I'd also read that the film wastes no time establishing any back story for the uninitiated, and so it proves. In Zen-like fashion Crockett and Tubbs simply ARE, which allows the film to kick off in the thick of the action.    The …
review by . December 09, 2006
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MIAMI VICE, a film surrounded by rumors and preconceptions and a lot of money, is pretty much a bore - if story is important to you. Michael Mann is a talented director and knows how to move action sequences and capture vistas and light versus darkness, and he can be reliable in creating character interplay. Can be, but in MIAMI VICE there doesn't seem to be a script to follow...    Some of the more exciting actors in the field today were employed to deliver this movie about …
review by . January 22, 2007
The original TV series of the same name was a glamorous exploration of Miami, both the legal and illegal side. This included scenes of the various neighborhoods, interactions with locals of various ethnicities such as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, whites, etc..., and run-ins with criminals of various flavors. Along the way, the show had side stories dealing with local politics, local communities, and local cultures. This movie ignores all that and focuses solely on the drug world of Miami and …
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Bearing absolutely no resemblance to the 1980s TV series that helped to propel Michael Mann into big-time filmmaking,Miami Viceis 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 classicHeat, and it lacks the tight, nail-biting suspense ofCollateral, 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 Vicecovers 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 ...
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Director: Michael Mann
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
Runtime: 134 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
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