Collateral (2004)



Critic Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (for violence and language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Tom Cruise
as Vincent
Jamie Foxx
as Max Durocher
Mark Ruffalo
as Fanning
Peter Berg
as Richard Weidner
Bruce McGill
as Pendrosa
Irma P. Hall
as Ida Duricher
Bodhi Elfman
as Young Professional Man
Debi Mazar
as Young Professional Woman
Richard T. Jones
as Traffic Cop No.1
Siba Eastman
as Rabeca Violin
Jamie McBride
as Traffic Cop No. 2
Ken Ver Cammen
as FBI Agent
Jeffrey Hwang
as Korean Vocal
Craig Eastman
as Rabeca Violin
Michael A. Bentt
as Fever Bouncer
Ian Hannin
as Cell Phone Partier
Robert Dreamer
as Sergeant
David Mersault
as Crime Scene Cop
Anthony Ochoa
as Crime Scene Cop
Klea Scott
as Federal Agent No.1
Wade Williams
as Federal Agent No.2
Paul Adelstein
as Federal Agent No.3
Omar Orozco
as El Rodeo Doorman
Edgar Sanchez
as El Rodeo Doorman
Cosme Urquiola
as El Rodeo Doorman
Jessica Ferrarone
as Female Criminologist
Troy Blendell
as Morgue Attendant
as Peter Yip
Howard Bachrach
as Pissed-Off Driver
Chic Daniel
as Plainclothes Cop
Corinne Chooey
as Waitress
Jonelle Kennedy
as Waitress
Steven Kozlowski
as White Guy
Roger Stoneburner
as White Guy
Rodney Sandberg
as White Guy
George Petrina
as White Guy
Elliott Newman
as Jazz Musician
Trevor Ware
as Jazz Musician
Bobby English
as Jazz Musician
Auggie Cavanagh
as Jazz Musician
Ronald Muldrow
as Jazz Musician
Peter McKernan Jr.
as Police Helicopter Pilot
Ivor Shier
as News Helicopter Pilot
Daniel Lujan
as Rubio No.1
Eddie Diaz
as Rubio No.2
Joey Burns
as El Rodeo Band Member
John Convertino
as El Rodeo Band Member
Josh Cruze
as El Rodeo Band Member
Martín Flores
as El Rodeo Band Member
Rick Garcia
as El Rodeo Band Member
Lawrence Goldman
as El Rodeo Band Member
Maurilio Pineda
as El Rodeo Band Member
Daniel Sistos
as El Rodeo Band Member
Jacob Valenzuela
as El Rodeo Band Member
Luis Villegas
as El Rodeo Band Member
Yussi Wenger
as El Rodeo Band Member
Jason Statham
as Airport Man
Angelo Tiffe
as Sylvester Clarke
Ron Eckert
as Hotel Security Desk Guard
Ismael Vidrio
as Gas Station Attendant
Manuel Urrego
as Direction-Asking Businessman
Luis Moncada
as Cold-Eyed Killer
Dyna Teal
as Sylvester Clarke Girl
Sandi Schroeder
as Sylvester Clarke Girl
Michael-John Wolfe
as Hotel Clerk
Addie Yungmee
as Fever Dancer
J.D. McElroy
as Fever Dancer
Megan Hiratzka
as Fever Dancer
Kate Gopaoco
as Young Girl
Christy Yi
as Young Girl
Lisa Marie Basada
as Young Girl
Wing Wong Wilson Kam
as Tactical Sergeant
Mark Stainbrook
as Tactical
Brandon Molale
as Limo Driver
Marianne M. Arreaga
as Police Helicopter Co-Pilot
Spike Silver
as Police Helicopter Co-Pilot
Ben Mihm
as News Helicopter Co-Pilot
Niles Roth
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Collateral

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (47)

I loved it.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Throughout the gruesome cat-and-mouse game being played by Vincent and Max in Collateral, there's something psychologically, dramatically and even sociologically interesting going on.

Full Review… | August 16, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

This is a tense, first-rate thriller.

August 12, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Most of the time we are with Cruise and Foxx, and their interplay is never less than galvanizing.

August 8, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

After that promising start, Collateral ratchets down, gradually, to being only average.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
Top Critic

If Collateral is all formula, it's polished to a fine sheen.

Full Review… | August 6, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Collateral


One of the best films by Michael Mann.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


A captivating, accelerative, albeit glossily cliched ride through LA after dark. Shout-out to the horrible soundtrack and the awfully boring side characters.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

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