No, I did not kill him. The bullets and the the fall killed him- Vincent
Micheal Mann’s Collateral is about Max (Jaime Foxx) a cab-driver in L.A. who hopes to start his own limo service. After dropping of a lawyer Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith), he is hired for a night by Vincent (Tom Cruise) who is a hit man with a job to kill 5 people that night in L.A. who are connected to a federal case about a drug lord Felix (Javier Bardem). So begins the thrill ride, with Max thinking about a plan to escape from Vincent while indulging in a philosophical discussion with him and also trying to also save the lives of the people under Vincent’s radar. While Vincent continues to finish his targets, he is pursued by Detective Fanning (Mark Ruffalo) who will leave no stone unturned in his trail to catch Vincent.
The acting in this movie is fantastic. This is undoubtedly Jaime Foxx’s best performance up to date. Tom Cruise in this movie is fabulous. Jada Pinkett Smith is brilliant in this movie as is Mark Ruffalo.
This movie is one of the best thrillers ever. This movie is super engrossing. We feel that we are in that cab. The characters are so well-sketched. We forget these guys are acting. It actually feels, like Vincent say, that these two are joined by a cosmic connection. These two have amazing chemistry on the screen. They even develop a not-so-conventional friendship between especially when Vincent saves Max’s life. And the climax, is sort of The Fugitive, but in the end I was sort of sad for him (You will know who when you watch Collateral)
And L.A.! It is so beautiful. I just love it. The cinematography is brilliant and L.A. dazzles.
The movie has a brilliant script and and fantastic dialogues. You will sure quote them whenever the situation arises.
And this movie is built on conversations between Cruise and Foxx. The have so many philosophical discussions, they talk about their interests, childhood, jobs and everything else. The movie keeps the adrenaline pumping through out it and is sort of like Fury Road because our guy is in peril throughout the movie.
The score of this movie is super fun and just works awesomely with plot and Micheal Mann’s direction is very good. And this is a sort of 12 Angry Men with half of the scenes taking inside a cab. And also, it was so great to see Cruise as a villain and he rocks in this role. He is one of the broke yet super cool villain I have ever seen.
Collateral is a thrill ride from the start to the end and even though it is an action thriller, it has shades of drama smeared over it. With a brilliant plot, superb acting, great dialogues, dazzling cinematography, prodigious editing and direction and super cool dialogues, Collateral is an unique gem among thrillers.
Rating: 8.9 / 10
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