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Updated on November 30, 2009

A film that'll capture your attention and keep you in suspense until the very end

"Collateral" is one psychological thriller that fails to disappoint. The movie is about a New York cab driver, Max (Jamie Foxx), whom unknowlingly give a ride to a professional hit man, Vincent (Tom Cruise). During the ride, Max promised to be Vincent's personal driver for a fee of six hundred dollars. However, things start to get out of control when Max sees a dead body fall on top his cab. Michael Mann's use of cinematography and direction immerses the viewer in the environment of the film. As tension grows with Foxx and Cruise in the film, the viewer is unable to take his/her eyes off the screen. Michael Mann's latest film is a true example of how immersive a movie can be.

The cinematograpy captures the theme of the film quite well. Allowing the viewer to feel as if he/she is inside the cab riding alongside Max and Vincent. Like when Vincent tries to kill a guy in a night club and results in shooting several innocent people, the light and the atmosphere create the perfect tension fear and chaos. However, Michael Mann's direction also contributed to the theme as well.

In the film, it starts out as just another cab ride in New York city but as the movie progresses, Mann's direction slowly takes the film into darker territory. This allows the viewer to see how this affects Max by showing how he starts out as a passive individual to the point of frustration. The most powerful scene that emphasizes this is when Max is forced to go into a night club; pretending to be Vincent. The viewer will notice how he starts out as being scared, but as the scene progresses, Max becomes more aggressive to survive.

The two main characters in the film were played quite well by Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. However, it remains to be seen if the Academy will acknowledge that as well. However, the two actors played beautifully off each other similar to how Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke did in "Training Day." Tom Cruise plays the typical bad guy, but his presence enhances the film tremendously. The stern cold look in his eyes sends chills down the spine of his victims, and his unfazed attitude by death is treated as if its just another day in the office helps the viewer feel the fear of Foxx's character. Foxx's performance was surprisingly brilliant. For those who would expect him to do comedy, this film shows how versatile Foxx can be. Foxx does a great job by showing his character as the average joe in life but is put into a situation in which he must be more aggressive or die.

Unfortunately, this film is a bit predictable. However, its not enough to gripe about because this is still a damn good film.

Audiences won't be disappointed by this psychological thriller that'll leave them glued the seats. Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise gave great performances while the cinematography and Mann's direction set the tone for the entire film. Mann's film truly shows how deep a film can immerse a viewer.


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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Rkummer. You're too kind. To be honest, this is actually one of my earlier reviews that I did before I started to develop my own style. However, I'm glad to hear you liked it though. Yeah, it has been a long while since I last saw you. i hope everything has been going okay with you, and I hope I'll hear from you again soon. You be sure to take care of yourself, and I look forward to reading your next hub soon. :) Thanks again for stopping by.

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      rkummer 6 years ago

      Hey Stevennix2001, long time no talk!

      I am actually preparing an analysis on this film (as well as The Village). I've been so busy and out of my element, so to speak, but am making a comeback.

      I liked your review, especially the introduction. It reminds me a lot of my own writing style, as I have stated before. There is a lot to enjoy with Collateral. It says a lot about Cruise, which up until this time, always played the 'good guy' role in all of his films. In addition, Michael Mann is a wonderful director (his 1995 film Heat is one of my personal favorites after only seeing it for the first time recently).

      Keep up the good work! I'll check out more of your recent movie review hubs!