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Collateral Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ July 11, 2016
One of the best films by Michael Mann.
July 10, 2016
Still remains the epitome of cool on film (and digital too), remaining unparalleled until Drive.
July 8, 2016
This was an interesting Tom Cruise vehicle. It's just cerebral enough to hold my attention. It's just believable enough to keep me from hitting the "stop" button. All the action was filmed very well, all the driving was filmed just right as well. Everything was filmed just right. The production is really high quality of course, exactly what you expect from a film starring Tom Cruise, but also the camerawork was not shoddy. And shoddy camerawork can happen to anyone's film. What drags this film down is the cliches. Everything that happens is cliche. Not entirely formulaic, but enough that the cliches are all seated nicely in their rows in the theatre of formula and that it really gets very boring really quick. You watch because it's fascinating, not because it's entertaining. Like watching a train wreck in slow motion. 3/5
½ July 5, 2016
Despite strange cinematography and the odd questionable music choice, Collateral is a serviceable thriller lead by a surprisingly effective performance from Tom Cruise. An admirable effort by Michael Mann.
½ June 26, 2016
Having seen this film many years ago when it came out, a recent re-watching of the Blu-ray at home with my wife has cemented itself as a tight and well-done film. While most action films like to confuse the audience with shaky cameras and quick cuts, this one starts calm and builds to an exciting conclusion.

Of course, it's not just a steady and methodical thriller, it loops back on itself, tying up all loose ends and bookending the whole plot in a neat little package. Each of the segments where they drive to the next destination gives a chance for excellent character building as well as giving the audience a break from the brief moments of action (which steadily get longer and more intense as the film progresses). These are what good action films should be.

What's also interesting, upon a second viewing almost 14 years later, is how many recognizable actors are in this film. Some of them are bit parts, and they don't quite look like their more famous character portrayals, but inevitably you'll go, "Isn't that so-and-so?" From Jason Statham at the beginning, Jada Pinkett Smith on either end, Mark Ruffalo with some "ethnic-looking" facial hair, and Javier Bardem years before No Country for Old Men (2010). Most of these actors had not hit their stride quite yet, but Jamie Foxx definitely gave a great portrayal of a character who undergoes plenty of superb character development (which is partly why he was nominated for this film, along with Ray (2004) in the same year).

Quite the suspenseful thriller, Tom Cruise pulls off his part eerily well and Jamie Foxx portrays a quiet hero excellently. I give Collateral 4.5 stars out of 5.
June 25, 2016
Tom Cruise at his best!
½ June 24, 2016
Stylish crime thriller with amazing performances.
Super Reviewer
June 23, 2016
Collateral stars action movie star Tom Cruise as Vincent, a hit-man arriving in LA to complete contracts. He travels around the city using a taxi, forcing the driver, played by Jamie Foxx, to take him from kill to kill. That synopsis sounds weird, right? America's action hero, Tom Cruise, playing the villain? As odd as it may seem, Cruise did a phenomenal job. His antagonistic approach worked right off the bat, strolling out of an airport at night wearing sunglasses and receiving a hit list from Jason Statham (appearing in a cameo many believe to be reprising his role in the Transporter series). Cruise also works really well with Foxx. Their constant arguments about the morality of Cruise's actions are what really carry the movie. Michael Mann's direction is incredibly stylish and fitting - his use of colorful lighting and establishment shots of LA really bring the scenery to life. Aaron brought up the fact that the movie was shot digitally, and it really worked well with the colors (even if it was a little noticeable for zoom-in shots). Another thing that helped the cinematography was the editing; top-notch cuts helped the desperate tone. The subtle use of music is also noticeable. There are many scenes with nothing but the sounds of the streets as a backdrop.

We gave this movie a lot of praise, but we have to be picky as well and say that Collateral is by no means perfect. Jada Pinkett Smith's character, in the movie for all of 15 minutes, is oddly trusting to Foxx (she was a customer in his Taxi before Cruise) right away. This forced plot element paid off, though, as the writing really brought the movie full-circle in the end. Mark Ruffalo is also in this movie, and his presence is completely unnecessary. it's not that Ruffalo was bad. His character could have been cut and the movie would be the same.

All-in-all, Collateral is carried by the two lead performances and brilliant cinematography, even if the plot is at times convenient. We at Musicians on Movies agree that Collateral earns a B rating.
Super Reviewer
June 22, 2016
I felt kind of let down after hearing all the praise from this film but in the end it felt kind of average, Tom and Jamie put in a great performance as they always do but it just seemed to start slow and never really picked up as much as it should of and when it did pick up it was nothing spectacular, An ok film but a missed opportunity.
June 17, 2016
One of the most stylishly unique, intriguing directions seen in film that reveals reality from a digitally-captured perspective, with radiating stress from Foxx's performance as he's the film's soul reacting to the presence of Cruise's corrupted charm, fueling the thriller in the identifiable stress and suspenseful climax. (A-)

(Full review TBD)
June 17, 2016
A stylish and engaging thriller that keeps you intrigued throughout.
June 4, 2016
Action-packed, shocking, and riveting make Collateral so good thanks to Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, and Michael Mann's style of action
½ June 2, 2016
Collateral is a great thriller that keeps you guessing. Also it looks amazing, from the cinematography to the set pieces you can't take your eyes off it. Jamie Foxx is very good and Tom Cruise, from a drama perspective, gives one of the best performances of his career playing a cold and merciless killer. The villain doesn't really feel like a villain either because his motivations are crystal clear.
½ May 29, 2016
Quite a good thriller which doesn't really have any slow parts. Tom Cruise is the baddy which is always easier to get your head around than the opposite case.
May 22, 2016
Tense with an intense soundtrack and intense action sequences.
½ May 12, 2016
this movie made me think about weird stuff way more than i think it meant to but yeah amazing acting from both fox and cruise
April 18, 2016
Great action all the way throughout, fast paced. Cruise and Foxx put magic on the screen. You like action thrilling movies well this is certainly it.
April 9, 2016
Again one of those movies that could of been much better
April 4, 2016
Great performances and direction make this an exciting crime-thriller that never lets up on the suspense!
April 1, 2016
A great action movie that is different in its own unique way and has you constantly questioning. Also perfect chemistry between Cruise and Foxx as the two leading roles. One of the best performances by both actors.
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