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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.
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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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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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.
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.