Thursday, June 24, 2010


If you recall my little (ahem) "rant" on Public Enemies a while back, you remember that I stated that I was highly disappointed with it. I decided to watch an eariler Michael Mann movie, Collateral, to make up for Public Enemies. It did.

Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) has been working as a night-shift cab driver for twelve years. He plans to open his own limo company, but he never gets around to it. One night, he picks up Vincent (Tom Cruise), who says he'll give Max a large sum of money if he's dropped off at five locations throughout the night. But as the night wears on, Max finds out that Vincent is a hitman. And as the L.A.P.D. and the F.B.I. race to intercept them, Max and Vincent's survival become dependent on each other, in ways neither would have imagined.

Oh man, this definitely made up for Public Enemies. It has oomph. It has thrills. It has an edge. I have a thing for charming yet chilling characters, and Cruise is just that. Collateral is reminescent of Heat on so many levels. How so? One reason: IT KICKS ASS.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. i thought it was a decent popcorn flick. MUCH better than public enemies.

  2. Loved it! One of the most underrated movie of the 2000's in my mind. Wonderful cinematography, a catchy soundtrack and an engaging and entertaining story make this film a near-masterpiece. Good review Anna!

  3. I worked at a movie theater when I was in high school and when we had this flick, I had to carry it from one theater to another. It was fully built, film is heavy and I'm rather scrawney, anywho, a janiter ran into me while I was carrying it. I dropped it, it partially unravelled and he just walked away. Didn't help me pick it up at all. I think that soured this movie for me a little.

  4. Yeah, I'd concur that Collateral is one of the more underrated action thrillers. Can we all agree that Cruise is better as a bad guy? (in this and Magnolia..)

  5. It's fun, and just amazing to sit back and follow. Check out my review here: Nice Review!


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