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At Theaters: 8/6/2004 On Video: 12/14/2004
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 7 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439905
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Max, a cab driver, is at the wrong place at the wrong time when he meets Vincent, a contract killer. And as the LAPD and FBI race to intercept them, Max and Vincent’s survival becomes dependent on each other in ways neither would have imagined.
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Action Thriller - This is a dark crime drama for adult moviegoers. Violent content and strong language make the film inappropriate for children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom Cruise THE LAST SAMURAI, MINORITY REPORT, VANILLA SKY
Jamie Foxx BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES, BAIT, HELD UP
Mark Ruffalo 13 GOING ON 30
Jada Pinkett Smith THE MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS, THE MATRIX RELOADED
Peter Berg THE LAST SEDUCTION
Bruce McGill MATCHSTICK MEN
Dir/Prod: Michael Mann THE INSIDER
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About The Production
Building Characters
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 20 F-words, over 30 S-words, 3 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, violent beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: A shootout; a car crash; a foot chase.
COMEDY: Darkly comic wisecracks.
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Very Good

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good 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. Acting and atmosphere define the film, but the bottom line is that there are times when style can become substance, and this is one of them. Collateral is a strangely involving motion picture.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good Cruise and the filmmakers bring a great deal more to his character than we expect in a thriller. What he reveals about Vincent, deliberately and unintentionally, leads up to a final line that is worthy of one of those nihilistic French crime movies from the 1950s. Jamie Foxx's work is a revelation. I've thought of him in terms of comedy, but here he steps into a dramatic lead and is always convincing and involving. This is a rare thriller that's as much character study as sound and fury.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good Compared with almost any major studio release this year, "Collateral" is a super time at the movies, a combination of sensual and acting pleasures. But the story here is Foxx going one-on-one with two superstars: a top-form Cruise and that almost-always-sizzling Mann behind the camera.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 220 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
22
Very High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
6
High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
32
Fairly High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
36
Fairly High
75%
30+Adults (M)
63
Fairly High
87%
30+Adults (F)
61
Fairly High
87%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 220 moviegoer opinions. These opinions are decent but certainly not great, especially for a movie with such star power. Reading the detailed opinions it appears many didn't like the story very much. They said it was too slow, confusing and violent. Also, many didn't like the mean character Cruise plays.

The opinions are pretty mixed, but it's obvious teen males enjoyed it the most. Nearly all of them rated it very high. Teen females weren't too far behind. All the other groups pretty much rated it the same. Around half enjoyed it very much, but there aren't a lot of "Fantastic" opinions, so few loved it. From these opinions I would say that most of you will enjoy "Collateral," to some extent, but it's not likely to be a blockbuster.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Max (Jamie 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 (Tom Cruise) is a contract killer. When an offshore narco-trafficking 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.

Circumstances cause Vincent to hijack Max's taxicab, and Max becomes collateral—an expendable person in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through the night Vincent forces Max to drive him to each assigned destination. And as the LAPD and FBI race to intercept them, Max and Vincent's survival becomes dependent on each other in ways neither would have imagined.

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