Brian's Review of Collateral
I really enjoyed the interaction between the two leads; they stole the scenes with their fulfillment of the nervous driver and the cold-blooded, disturbingly wise killer. The subtleties in the evolution of their relationship, which edged friendship near the end but collapsed upon a certain revelation which I will not entail, thoroughly impressed and engaged me. But with that ending, I felt the movie devolved into a frenetic thriller instead of opting for something that would've changed the game for the genre, which the first half truly set up for. Yet the symbolism, chemistry among the leads, and surging thrills sanction Collateral a lucid, impressive crime drama.