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

Art House & International movie directed by Michael Mann

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Stylish Miami Noir

  • Oct 10, 2007
Rating:
+4
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, Heat, etc.etc. (and of course produced the original series) He knows what he's doing.
Both Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx do a great job. I have to admit I was never a real fan of the series. It was too much of a show, too entertaining for my taste. Crime and crime solving was as much fun as sipping rum by the pool watching the bikinis show off. I think that's wrong. Crime is wrong, dark and dirty. Going undercover, trying to stop things from getting worse is one of the most dangerous professions on earth, deserving our utmost respect. That's what needs to be transmitted. Michael Mann does a great job here. O.k., it's fiction and stylish, nothing like The Corner, but it's soooo good. Keeps you on the edge of your seat for the full 140 minutes.
The story is not very complicated. An undercover drug deal goes wrong. Crockett and Tubbs decide to take over and finish off the bad guys. It takes them about two hours. Don't worry, it's a wild ride, and they need every minute of it. Colin is ever as slick as Don Johnson - a much better voice! Jamie is much tougher than Philip Michael Thomas and it's good that he is. After all, as I said, this is not a pool party, this is a very dark story on an undercover job to stop one of the baddest Columbians around. There is a second storyline, Colin falling in love with the top gangster's wife. It's convincing and Colin does a great job in showing his doubts about his choices - even in the close-ups.
On the HD DVD transfer. It's extremely good. I've watched it with a friend on a huge screen. The speedboats almost spat the salty ocean water into my face. Very impressive! Get it!

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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 . 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
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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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