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

Art House & International movie directed by Michael Mann

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[3.5]-This movie has a triumph of style over substance.

  • Dec 29, 2006
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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 best way to watch this film is as a police procedural, with a side order of oddly yearning romanticism. No concessions are made to the audience in terms of explaining the cops terminology and the limited exposition is justified as one group of criminals explaining how their operation works to their new collaborators. Once you realize that you don't have to register every nuance and detail to appreciate the plot, you can sit back and enjoy some eerily beautiful Hi-Def cinematography. Petrol-heads and fans of unfeasibly fast motorboats will also find much to enjoy. The "mojitos in Havana" romantic interlude was a pleasant surprise, with Farrell having to flex more than just his eyebrows to convince us that this probably is the ultimate first date.

The jury's still out for me on Mann's use of music. The blaring MOR rock fits stylistically but can cheapen some scenes. And it would be nice to more scenes sound tracked by near-silence, as is achieved very effectively in a stake-out/rescue scenario later in the film. Farrell and Foxx do work well together, indeed its refreshing to have a cop pairing without all the cutesy buddy stuff. Nevertheless, when one tells the other "I will never doubt you" it's almost a statement of love, coming as it does out of a void of professionalism.

The parallel-plotting is a little overdone, with not one but two "lover in jeopardy" scenes and the dialogue could have been better layered/mixed for clarity, given the obscure nature of some of the procedural references. However, much of the dialogue was laugh-aloud funny in its Mamet-like moments and Mann's action direction is of course superb.
Miami Vice is enjoyable but not as emotionally involving as Heat or as kinetic as Collateral.

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December 13, 2010
I did not like this movie at all...
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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 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 …
review by . July 27, 2006
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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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