- Michael Mann,
- Stuart Beattie,
- Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Bruce McGill, Peter Berg, Irma P. Hall,
- Español | English
- A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
Hugely entertaining thriller.
Suffice it to say that Cruise never seems right in this part--never as treacherous as he should be, nor as mysteriously tortured. Foxx has his moments, but there's no room for his trademark humor, and we can never quite get our minds around the idea that the hit man has beguiled the cabbie.
If only all this wonderful talent wasn't in service to a story that pushes credulity beyond the breaking point, perilously close to the realm of farce. Too many coincidences, too much convenient timing, too little honest plot development.
Perhaps the best premise for thrills since "Speed," only this time the bad guys on board and the battle of wits is more philosophical debate than pop quiz.
Mann vividly captures the nocturnal pulse of East L.A. in this taut, confined game of cat and mouse. In the homestretch the thrills get too generic and farfetched for their own good. But the first two thirds are a knockout.
Shot by shot, scene by scene, Mann, whose recent work includes Heat and "The Insider," may be the best director in Hollywood. Methodical and precise, he analyzes a scene into minute components.
It's too bad that halfway through, Collateral turns into a series of loud, chaotic, over-the-top action set pieces in which the existentialist Mann proves he's lousy at action.
Stylishly made, if less intellectually resonant than first-rate Mann films like "Ali" and "The Insider."
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