Collateral

Collateral

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Director: Michael Mann

Cast: Michael Mann, Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

     
 

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A taxi driver is unexpectedly taken on the ride of his life in this stylish thriller from acclaimed director Michael Mann. Max (Jamie Foxx) is a cab driver who hopes to some day open his own limo company; one night behind the wheel begins promisingly when he picks up Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith), an attorney working with the federal government who is attractive,… See more details below

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A taxi driver is unexpectedly taken on the ride of his life in this stylish thriller from acclaimed director Michael Mann. Max (Jamie Foxx) is a cab driver who hopes to some day open his own limo company; one night behind the wheel begins promisingly when he picks up Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith), an attorney working with the federal government who is attractive, friendly, and gives him her business card after paying her fare. Max thinks his luck is getting even better when his next fare, Vincent (Tom Cruise), offers him several hundred dollars in cash if he'll be willing to drop him off, wait, and pick him up at five different spots over the course of the evening. Max agrees, but he soon realizes Vincent isn't just another guy with errands to run -- Vincent is an assassin who has been paid to murder five people who could put the leaders of a powerful drug trafficking ring behind bars in an upcoming trial. As circumstances force Max to do Vincent's bidding, the cabbie has to find a way to prevent Vincent from killing again and save his own skin, a task that becomes especially crucial when he discovers Annie is one of the names on Vincent's hit list. Collateral also stars Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, and Bruce McGill as police detectives hot on Vincent's trail.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director Michael Mann redefined the TV cop show with his groundbreaking series Miami Vice, introduced moviegoers to Hannibal Lecter with 1986’s Manhunter, and even turned Will Smith into a dramatic actor with the 2001 biographical film Ali. In Collateral he has crafted an unusually gripping thriller that employs a simple premise, and by casting costars Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx against type he has defied audience expectations and thus rendered the film less predictable than it might otherwise have been. Foxx, heretofore best known for his portrayals of brash, arrogant young men, plays Max, a softspoken, intelligent underachiever driving a cab driver on the night shift in Los Angeles. One of his fares, a calm, quiet man who identifies himself as Vincent (Cruise), turns out to be a contract killer in the process of eliminating witnesses about to testify against a narco-terrorist. Mann puts viewers inside the cab with these two men, contrasting Foxx’s mounting panic (as he realizes he’s implicated in Vincent’s crimes) with Cruise’s self-assurance and resolve. A peculiar relationship develops between the two, and in between shootings Vincent becomes an almost avuncular figure to Max, dispensing advice on business and personal matters and even allowing the cabbie to make his nightly visit to his ailing mother. Irma P. Hall plays the mom, and she’s one of a handful of exceptionally fine actors Mann casts in relatively small roles. Mark Ruffalo plays an LAPD detective assigned to the first murder, Peter Berg is his partner, Bruce McGill is a by-the-book FBI agent, and Javier Bardem is Vincent’s contractor. Nominal leading lady Jada Pinkett Smith has a small but pivotal role as the federal prosecutor Max delivers to work in the film’s opening sequence. Through onscreen a relatively short time, these accomplished players add a great deal to the proceedings; by utilizing such top-flight talent, Mann achieves a dramatic texture that would have been missed had the parts been assigned to competent but less colorful supporting actors. What’s more, the conviction they bring to their roles helps dissipate the fog of incredulity that wafts through the picture; some of the situations are absurd, but you’d never know that from the way they are described or enacted by the cast. Like all Mann films, Collateral looks spectacular. Shot with high-definition video cameras instead of film, nighttime Los Angeles takes on an alluring, ethereal glow that makes the city as much a presence in this story as the actors. Even more impressive is Mann’s obvious determination to avoid the hackneyed. Collateral may be incredible, but it’s never predictable -- which is a whole lot more than you can say for most thrillers these days.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
In Michael Mann's cinematic universe, the good guys and the bad guys are clearly defined. The catch is that the good guy discovers that very little separates him from the bad guy. This conflict was at the heart of Mann's best films (Heat and Manhunter), and it plays itself out again in Collateral, where Jamie Foxx's everyman taxi driver discovers how hitman Tom Cruise's practical nihilism offers him a way out of the rut in which he finds himself. The action and suspense sequences are taut, and Mann sets the sequences up with such economy that those familiar with the genre may giggle with joy at the artistry on display. This being a Mann film, the action slows in order for the characters to engage in philosophical discussions. While it is fun to watch Tom Cruise play against type, Jamie Foxx is the heart and soul of this movie. During a very entertaining opening act in which Foxx flirts with a high-powered lawyer played by Jada Pinkett Smith, the actor deftly reveals a variety of aspects about the character, all the while remaining entirely believable. This opening sequence is so good, it helps sell the rest of the film because the audience is with Foxx from the get-go. In other hands, this script might have come off as just another run-of-the-mill psychological thriller, but the movie is elevated by confident direction, a fantastic look, and a noteworthy lead performance. Collateral is not the best Michael Mann film, although it is arguably his most representative.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2014
UPC:
0883929414321
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Vincent
Jamie Foxx Max
Jada Pinkett Smith Annie
Mark Ruffalo Fanning
Peter Berg Richard Weidner
Bruce McGill Pedrosa
Irma P. Hall Ida
Barry "Shabaka" Henley Daniel
Richard T. Jones Traffic Cop #1
Klea Scott Fed #1
Bodhi Elfman Young Professional Man
Debi Mazar Young Professional Woman
Javier Bardem Felix
Siba Eastman Rabeca Violin
Jeffrey Hwang Korean Vocal
Craig Eastman Rabeca Violin
Pete Anthony Conductor
Bruce Fowler Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Mann Director,Producer
Pete Anthony Musical Arrangement
Jeff Atmajian Musical Arrangement
Stuart Beattie Screenwriter
Dion Beebe Cinematographer
Toby Michael Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lois Burwell Makeup
Paul Cameron Cinematographer
Bryan H. Carroll Associate Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti Associate Producer
Mike Chock Sound Editor
Ed Cortes Musical Arrangement
Frank Darabont Executive Producer
Brad Dechter Musical Arrangement
Beau Desmond Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
Michael Doven Associate Producer
John J. Downey Special Effects
Matt Downey Special Effects
Kendall Errair Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Fowler Musical Arrangement
Rob Fried Executive Producer
Joe Gareri Executive Producer
Peter Giuliano Executive Producer
Betsy Glick Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Haarhoff Camera Operator
Julie Herrin Associate Producer
Vicki Hiatt Musical Direction/Supervision
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Gary Jay Camera Operator
Jo Kissack Costumes/Costume Designer
Chanthou Sam Kozberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Lalette Littlejohn Makeup
Jonah Loop Executive Producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Jessie Mann Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Miller Editor
Kenny Myers Makeup
Steven F. Nelson Sound Editor
Michael J. Payne Sound Editor
Julie Richardson Producer
Paul Rubell Editor
Chuck Russell Executive Producer
Kim Secrist Sound Editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Wall Costumes/Costume Designer
Clint Wallace Set Decoration/Design
David Wasco Production Designer
Michael Waxman Art Director,Asst. Director,Co-producer

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