|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Peter Berg, Irma P. Hall, Barry, Richard Weidner, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bruce McGill, Mark Ruffalo, Javier Bardem, Jada Pinkett, Tom Cruise|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 must-see movies, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Jan 2005|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Taking place over a single 24 hour period, the worlds of taxi driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) and hitman Vincent (Tom Cruise) collide when Max is coerced into chauffeuring Vincent to six planned killings. The plucky cabbie won't comply that easily, however...
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Dazzling thriller from Michael MannBy Philip Concannon from London , 19 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]After dallying with real-life dramas in the excellent 'The Insider' and the flawed but impressive 'Ali', Michael Mann is back doing what he does best here with this absorbing crime thriller.
Max(Jamie Foxx) has been driving a cab for twelve years, while he makes plans for the limo company he hopes to own one day. This night has been going pretty well so far, Max has even scored a date with one of his fares(Jada Pinkett-Smith), but the night is about to take a turn for the worse. Max's next customer is Vincent(Tom Cruise), a contract killer who forces Max to be his driver throughout the night while he makes his five hits.
Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are outstanding as the odd couple in Foxx's cab, they've got an natural chemistry and the sequences between them are alternately tense and amusing. Cruise is especially superb as the emotionless killer, he's always had a clinical coldness that has only been properly capitalised on in 'Magnolia', his best part to date.
As always with Michael Mann's films, there's a well-chosen supporting cast. Mark Ruffalo is excellent as the cop on Vincent's trail and it's there's a nice cameo from Javier Bardem, it's always good to see Bruce McGill make an appearance too.
However, the real star of this film is Mann himself. He orchestrates the action with a master's touch, nobody does a set-piece like he does. Nobody shoots LA like he does either, and the use of high-definition digital cameras pays off with some stunning shots. I especially loved the scene where Max can see Vincent on one floor of an office block and his prey on another.
There's a shoot-out in a nightclub that's first class and a wonderful scene in a jazz club that seems to be just a strange sidetrack, until you see where the scene is heading.
Maybe the film does slip into thriller conventions in the final third, but it still towers over most recent efforts in the genre. 'Collateral' is thrilling, funny, stylish and adult stuff for almost all of it's running time and offers plenty of twists and surprises. You won't see many more exciting thrillers than this, when it comes to crime on the streets of LA, Michael Mann is in a league of his own
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OK thriller, but a bit silly and very predictableBy Manhog from Manchester, UK , 26 Nov 2005Jamie Foxx gives a good performance as a taxi driver and its nice to see Tom Cruise playing a bad guy for once, but they can't save this thriller from its own silliness.
The scene with the best acting is also the most unintentionally hilarious - Jamie Foxx's taxi driver has a sit down with a crime boss, and switches from a scared guy to a dangerous dude simply by taking off his glasses. (Well, there's more to it than that, but you get the point.)
If this film had dropped the stupid Speed-style third act where Jamie Foxx suddenly becomes James Bond (with his glasses on this time) it could have been really good.
Instead, its just an OK film lit up every now and again by some great acting.
Slow Start - but be patientBy a customer from wokingham , 25 Nov 2005If this wasn't for Cruise starring in this movie, I would have probably turned it off before 20 mins had elasped. But then I would have missed one of the best films of the year.
BrilliantBy a customer from London England , 25 Nov 2005Tom Cruise as a baddie! Now there's a novelty but it just proves what a great actor he is not just a pretty one.
started out really well, then bombedBy Lynda from Berkshire , 23 Nov 2005I don't tend to go for this sort of film but this seemed to have a good plot and for the first have was quite gripping and well acted, then descended into absolute farce and why one of the highly paid people on this film did not put their hand up and say this is rubbish, I do not know.
Absolutely fantasticBy Lee Patterson from Manchester , 22 Nov 2005Fantastic film to sit back and watch, very similar the bourne supremacy type of film. If you like action shoot-em-up type films then this is one for you. It wasnt one that i could watch with my girlfriend but when i was on my own just wanted to rewind and watch again! Both actors (tom cruise and jamie foxx) are absolutely fantastic. Must see!