Collateral (2004)

Michael Mann directs Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith in this thriller where a hitman hijacks a taxi driver’s night in L.A. forcing him to participate in a series of “jobs”.

Jamie Foxx is one of those movie stars that I don’t particularly rate who is somehow the lead in a lot of brilliant movies. I haven’t crunched the data but at a glance maybe the most 4 and 5 star films of someone whose name alone cannot get me to buy a ticket on opening weekend. He isn’t a great actor, his charisma seems plastic and there’s not even a signature type of role you could claim is truly his. He’s one of two weak links here. Neither fatal but both hobble this on belated rewatch. The other is the overreaching third act. Yet this still has lots to recommend it. Tom Cruise’s icy and memorable villain. The streets of L.A. captured in a way no filmmaker had before. Some intense small-scale action – that night club carnage, for example. Not perfect but still very enjoyable.


Perfect Double Bill: Phone Booth (2003)

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