Collateral

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71

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Universal acclaim- based on 420 Ratings

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  • Summary: Max (Foxx) has lived the mundane life of a cab driver for 12 years. The faces have come and gone from his rearview mirror, people and places he's long since forgotten -- until tonight. Vincent (Cruise) is a contract killer. When an offshore narcotrafficking cartel learns they are about toMax (Foxx) has lived the mundane life of a cab driver for 12 years. The faces have come and gone from his rearview mirror, people and places he's long since forgotten -- until tonight. Vincent (Cruise) is a contract killer. When an offshore narcotrafficking cartel learns they are about to be indicted by a federal grand jury, they mount an operation to identify and kill the key witnesses, and the last stage is tonight. Tonight, Vincent arrives in L.A. -- and five bodies are supposed to fall. (DreamWorks) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Most of the time we are with Cruise and Foxx, and their interplay is never less than galvanizing.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Shake it all up and you get Collateral, a movie with only one conceivable flaw: its disinclination to break new ground, though no one held that against "The Fugitive" more than a decade of Augusts ago.
  3. 80
    Shot by shot, scene by scene, Mann, whose recent work includes “Heat” and "The Insider," may be the best director in Hollywood. Methodical and precise, he analyzes a scene into minute components.
  4. Collateral is a good idea for a movie, backed up by expert execution... It's straight-up entertainment, not something to see and then talk about a month later, but definitely something to enjoy.
  5. 75
    Cruise is chillingly credible as the cold, cruel Vincent. And Foxx shows unexpected depth and humanity as Max, whose night encapsulates the cliché about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  6. 70
    After a solid hour and a half, the climax almost seems to have come from a different movie. Collateral is still a hell of a ride, but could've used a smoother landing.
  7. The director, Michael Mann, remembers the best of film noir pretty well, but it doesn't protect his film against its ultimate Movieland silliness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 105
  2. Negative: 8 out of 105
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    This movie is my all-time favourite. It offers awesome acting from Jamie Foxx and especially from Tom Cruise, in one of the finestThis movie is my all-time favourite. It offers awesome acting from Jamie Foxx and especially from Tom Cruise, in one of the finest performances I've ever seen. It also boasts great dialogue. Combine this with absolutely thrilling scenes and tense moments, and you get a breathtaking, heart-stopping thrill ride from director Michael Mann. A masterpiece. Expand
  2. JamesM
    Dec 11, 2005
    10
    Forget what you think: this is so much more than a buddy action/thriller. This is an absolute masterpiece.
  3. JackB
    Feb 14, 2009
    10
    Dont listen to Chad (SPOILER), i think in just about any circumstance, one person could kill another if they had a gun and someone else Dont listen to Chad (SPOILER), i think in just about any circumstance, one person could kill another if they had a gun and someone else didnt! Been watching too many movies chad! Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    8
    A tense showcase of smart thrills and slick performances, Collateral is a successful pairing of Cruise and Foxx under the wing of MichaelA tense showcase of smart thrills and slick performances, Collateral is a successful pairing of Cruise and Foxx under the wing of Michael Mann. The concept is beguiling. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2014
    8
    It's an engaging thriller with a perfect pace and timing. The tense moments are enhanced by the combined performances of Jamie Foxx and TomIt's an engaging thriller with a perfect pace and timing. The tense moments are enhanced by the combined performances of Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. Foxx's realism and Cruise's coldness and calculation sport an unlikely yet interesting duo, whose moral clashes never distract the audience from the impending violence to occur in downtown Los Angeles Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2015
    8
    I quite enjoyed this movie, it was fun, had plenty of action and tension until the end. Of course, some parts were quite unreallistic, but itI quite enjoyed this movie, it was fun, had plenty of action and tension until the end. Of course, some parts were quite unreallistic, but it is like that for many action/thriller movies, so I'll forgive them that. Good acting from Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx - they had a really good chemistry here I think and the movie wasn't that predictable (even though I guess the ending was). Expand
  7. RDalvi
    Apr 11, 2006
    7
    Drags in the beginning and in parts. But superb performances and a thrilling climax salvage it. Also, Cruise and Foxx's interactions are Drags in the beginning and in parts. But superb performances and a thrilling climax salvage it. Also, Cruise and Foxx's interactions are worth seeing. Expand

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