Yes, the LA shootout is the most exciting 10 minutes of film in American movies. Yes, the incredibly scripted and performed coffee shop sequence is an iconic piece of cinema. However, the film that those two sequences inhabit is still incredible. Michael Mann is a master class filmmaker, and he did something truly spectacular here, all across the board.
The ensemble cast, the authentic and urgent action, the gorgeous night cinematography, and the breezy pace. This thing rocks.