Tom Cruise played two bad guys on his career, and I was talking just about that with my niece Fla after we saw him as a villain earlier this week. So, on this day, I reached him in another of his bad guy performances in Collateral.
Yes, I know. How I haven't seen it before? Also just like Interview With the Vampire, I've saw some scenes, knew about the plot, but hadn't seen it as a whole. Tom Cruise used to be a reason to not see a movie, but I'm trying to let this go, this has been a futile prejudice (as usual). His last movies have been good, entertaining, especially the sci-fi productions as Oblivion, 2013, and Edge of Tomorrow, 2014.
But a name should have been enough to break all the fears about Collateral, and that's Michael Mann. I absolutely love his Miami Vice, 2006. Confronting this two movies, 2 years apart, we can identify that what turned out to be outstanding on the last one was already presented on Collateral, his first experience shooting in HD. The lack of a title sequence puts the viewer right into the action - it is more apparent on Miami Vice, but it works nicely here too. The quality of night shooting is a Mann's trademark too. And as usually happens to me when in front of a outstanding action movie, I was really bummed for not seeing it at the theater. Prejudices are useless, really.
Tom Cruise with grey hair and a still not so famous Jamie Foxx are great together. Their perfect timing, a clever editing, the fast pace and the suspense presented even by the most quiet scenes turns this two hour production in a kind of a roller coaster experience.
|Collateral.Directed by Michael Mann. With: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada|
Pinket Smith, Mark Ruffalo. Writer: Stuart Beattie. USA, 2004, 120 min.,
DTS/Dolby Digital/SDDS, Color, (DVD).
PS: The tale of how Stuart Beattie had the idea for this story and sold his script is interesting, and its available on imdb.com trivia. Some subtle details that add to the movie's atmosphere are explained on it too.
PPS: Gossip time and a funny coincidence: It was only on this day that I've read about James Foxx and Katie Holmes relationship. She would start dating Cruise one year after this movie. The universe is odd sometimes, especially the dating Hollywood world.