Collateral

Collateral

Michael Mann (2004)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Tom Cruise puts away his trademark toothsome grin to play Vincent, a cold-blooded hitman, in this edgy thriller from director Michael Mann. After hijacking a taxi and its driver, Vincent embarks on a series of ruthlessly efficient assassinations across night-time LA while the hapless cabbie (Jamie Foxx) tries to work out ways to escape. Meanwhile, LA cops and the FBI are closing in. Cruise, sporting steel-grey hair, is well cast against type and is surprisingly effective as the killer, but it's Mann's astonishing style that really marks the film out. Shot on a mixture of film and digital video, the night-time lights of LA look alternately moody, surreal and dangerous. In fact, if the film has a problem, it's that the style occasionally becomes oppressive and threatens to overwhelm the serviceable but slender plot.

Summary

A Los Angeles taxi driver picks up a sharp-suited fare and is shocked when a dead body almost plunges through his windscreen during the first stop on the journey. The enigmatic passenger then reveals he is a hitman with four more contracts to carry out before the night is over, and forces the driver to help him. Michael Mann's thriller, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Tom Cruise
Max Durocher Jamie Foxx
Annie Jada Pinkett Smith
Fanning Mark Ruffalo
Richard Weidner Peter Berg
Pedrosa Bruce McGill
Ida Irma P Hall
Daniel Barry "Shabaka" Henley
Traffic cop number 1 Richard T Jones
Fed number 1 Klea Scott
Young professional man Bodhi Elfman
Young professional woman Debi Mazar
Felix Javier Bardem
Airport man Jason Statham
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Sep 2004
Drama