Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Collateral - A Review by Christopher J. Bradley

The film Collateral with Tom Cruise and Jamie Fox was stellar. Both actors gave an outstanding performance in this tour de force Michael Mann presentation. Vince, the hitman played by Cruise, was like a lonesome wolf on the hunt, in pursuit of five victims, contracts put out by a columbian drug lord named Felix.

Jamie Fox is an unassuming Cab driver thrown into the mix when Vince pulls his cab aside and steps in. His plans are to someday own a limo service, and he spends his hours driving dreaming of an island while staring at a postcard, which he ends up giving to a DOJ customer earlier in the evening. She is attractive and gives him her business card.

During the night, the two visit a Jazz club, a dance club, and a private club owned by Felix. They also make two other stops, one at a residence, and one at the law library of the DOJ. (no coincidence here of course.) The cab driver is forced to try to protect his lady, and this throws the action into high gear, and a chase that leads them into the underground.

If I had stars to give, I'd give it 4 out of 5. Cruise was excellent, and Jamie Fox was believable. Two thumbs up, but not for the faint of heart.