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COLLATERAL

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7.51 h 59 min2004X-Ray15
Max has lived a mundane life as a cab driver for twelve years. The faces have come and gone from his rear-view mirror: people and places he's long since forgotten--until tonight. Vincent is a contract killer.
Directors
Michael Mann
Starring
Peter BergIrma P. HallBarry
Genres
ActionSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Richard WeidnerJamie FoxxJada Pinkett SmithBruce McgillMark RuffaloJavier BardemJada PinkettTom Cruise
Producers
Julie RichardsonFrank DarabontRob Fried
Studio
Paramount
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

2773 global ratings

  1. 69% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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N.GerrardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
As good as Heat
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Collateral is one of Michael Mann's best films from a superb back catalogue which includes the likes of Thief, Manhunter, The Last of the Mohicans, and of course, Heat. The plot centres around Max - a likeable but 'play it safe' cab driver played superbly by Jamie Foxx - and his life-changing encounter with Tom Cruise's silver fox assassin Vincent, who has arrived in LA to carry out a series of contract killings throughout the course of one night.
Max offers Vincent a ride in his cab, unaware of Vincent's true intentions, and it's their clash of personalities that glues the film together as Max unwittingly becomes Vincent's 'mission of death' chauffeur.
Jamie Foxx does a fantastic job of portraiting a decent but weak-minded man whose outlook on life is changed forever by the encounter, and Cruise is very effective as the slick, charming, but thoroughly unpleasant killer.
However, the real star of the show is the city of LA.
There aren't many directors out there who can capture the 'feel' of a big city as effectively as Michael Mann, and he does not disappoint here. The visual shots of LA at night are stunning and truly memorable. Overall, there is a lot to enjoy here, and it's a film that still feels fresh after repeated viewings. Highly recommended.
13 people found this helpful
g.colesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 April 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dreadful
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The film actually starts off okay but as it progresses it descends into the laughable. The plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and predictable, as does the acting. Tom Cruise is totally unconvincing as the cold blooded killer and everything about this 2 hour long film, to use the American vernacular, "sucks". I find it hard to believe that it has received good reviews on Amazon when there are 100s, if not 1000's of much , much better films (similar genre) out there to watch- made with 1/10 of the budget of this rubbish. I think the director should be ashamed of himself for overseeing this mass- consumer type "garbage" for the masses.
3 people found this helpful
Jonny Two DeltaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my all-time favourite films
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Collateral is stylistic and original. It's got the same notes that put it in the same league as Heat (probably Michael Mann's most highly regarded work) yet is a very different bouquet. Despite being set across an entire sprawling city in a single night, it still comes across as claustrophobic and constantly tense, where everything feels like it's on a knife's edge. Even the dialogue is sharp, and designed to leave you thinking, dissecting the views of the viewer and affecting us more so than it affects Max never buys into the justifications that Vincent gives him, no matter how convincing Vincent sounds or how valid his point. Not to criticise Heat, but I feel it was never this nuance. Collateral is in every sense the psychological thriller. One that evokes contemplation of existential and moral arguments. One that makes stockholm syndrome from us, the audience, towards Vincent palpably real, despite Max not being nearly as susceptible to Vincent's devilish charms as we are. There is good reason as to why Collateral is considered a masterpiece by many.
4 people found this helpful
W. SargentReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 February 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mann at his best - a dirty, dangerous city at night. Foxx at his best, Cruise totally bearable!
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I have driven through LA on dry hot nights and it's an experience that stays with you, all the more if you lived most your life in wet and wild northern England. This excellent film recreates that atmosphere of a soulless, dangerous dirty dusty city at night to perfection. It could be any city but it's also definitely LA. There's something about cities at night that excites and Mann has captured this feeling with great skill. I don't often enjoy film soundtracks, unless they are tinkling away somewhere far in the background, but here it's different. I often pop the dvd on after a couple of jack daniels solely to listen to the sound-track and relax. Watching that cab cruise through Santa Monica and around town while Hands of Time plays just takes me right out of my chair and back to the back seat of a cab on the west coast. Jamie Foxx is the standout actor here, and he's just amazing, while TC is bearable as the super focussed assassin, so I get to my 'special place' without being too distracted. The tension cranks up as cruise works through his list and the ending is just as atmospheric as the beginning, set on the city's tube system. Top 10 for me - just wonderful. Although hugely different in every way, I'd also recommend Miami Vice by Mann both TV and new film, if only for the way they celebrate city architechture, lighting (and thumpojgn 80s music).
10 people found this helpful
KarenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
17 Year Later
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I watched this when it first came out in 2004 and have to say i did not think much of it.
It might be the fact that back in the day i was a prolific film watcher, so maybe i was just watching so many movies.
Now fast forward to 2021 and have to say i like the film so much more and suppose i missed the point at the time.

No idea why i watched it on Amazon since i have it on DVD.
2 people found this helpful
LukeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nobody's perfect, but it's hard to go wrong with a ...
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Nobody's perfect, but it's hard to go wrong with a Michael Mann-directed film, especially when it's a crime movie.

Although this isn't the quality of his 1995 "Heat," it wasn't far behind in its ability to interest and entertain the viewer while providing some slick visuals.

Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are the stars of the film, Foxx winning an Academy Award. No offense to him, but I found Cruise better. He was just outstanding in here as the immoral hit-man. Foxx was entertaining, too, as the nerd-ish cab driver who is pulled into Cruise's murdering adventures.

You'll appreciate both of these guys, and the great visuals, more on the second viewing after you are familiar with the story. The intense film is definitely worth more than one look. Check out the behind-the-scenes documentary, too. You'll be glad you are not an actor in one of Mann's films.
4 people found this helpful
NeilMcCauley67Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sub-'Heat' Totally Implausible Copycat Tripe
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Vincent (Cruise) is supposedly a top hit-man, but he kills a target in a packed nightclub in front of dozens of witnesses. Probably has CCTV as well. And that is not the most implausible thing in the film! The cab driver character is so cringingly ridiculous as to be painful to watch. But then he suddenly becomes a perfect hitman copy. TRIPE, Mann.
TB_familyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 December 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bargain entertainment
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have no control over Amazon putting this review under other film formats eg Blu-Ray. This review is for the DVD version. Whilst the plot may be the same, the final cut, audio, video quality may vary on other formats.
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There are very few Tom Cruise films that I dislike, so this was a safe gamble for me when I bought it without knowing anything about the film.

Tom Cruise steps out of his usual heroic character and into the shoes of Vincent, a cold and calculating assassin. He gets picked up by Max (Jamie Foxx), a mild mannered taxi Driver and is ferried around from one kill to another, but something goes wrong and Max becomes aware of his passengers true intentions and his connection to the last victim on the hit list.

Almost 10 years old now, but this film still has a lot of appeal and even though you may know the whole plot, it is still a film you can pick up and watch from time to time. So for the current price of 2 GBP it is a sound entertainment investment
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