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Miami Vice

Miami Vice

Michael Mann (2006)

126min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director Michael Mann returns to the scene of his 1980s pop culture classic here but with grittier, darker intentions. Mann executive produced the TV series between 1984 and 1989, and presents a TV episode plotline that is overblown with garbled confusion. The same old hard-bitten cops, Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx), go undercover to infiltrate a sophisticated drug cartel when an FBI sting backfires horribly. To add to the dramatic flavour, Crockett falls for money launderer Isabella (Gong Li, here struggling with her lines) and Tubbs's girlfriend (Naomie Harris) is kidnapped, leading to a sensationally staged assault in a trailer park. Mann reunites with Collateral cinematographer Dion Beebe to use an arrestingly grainy high-definition camera-style that gives potent immediacy to the action. Serious and seriously violent, the film will have Mann fans applauding his decision to axe the pastels and neon of the TV series for a harder attitude and updated style, though others may not be so forgiving of the unintelligible dialogue and lack of ending. To add to the disappointment, the morose Farrell/Foxx partnership isn't even as memorable as that of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

Summary

Narcotics detectives Crockett and Tubbs go undercover and pose as smugglers to infiltrate a powerful drug cartel. However, the operation is threatened when Crockett becomes dangerously involved with the wife of the organisation's ringleader. Michael Mann's crime thriller based on the 1980s TV series, starring Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Gong Li, Naomie Harris and Luis Tosar.

Cast & Crew

Sonny Crockett Colin Farrell (2)
Ricardo Tubbs Jamie Foxx
Isabella Gong Li
Montoya Luis Tosar
Trudy Joplin Naomie Harris
FBI Agent Fujima Ciaran Hinds
Lieutenant Martin Castillo Barry "Shabaka" Henley
Zito Justin Theroux
Jose Yero John Ortiz (1)
Detective Gina Calabrese Elizabeth Rodriguez
Neptune Isaach de Bankole
Nicholas Eddie Marsan
Alonzo Stevens John Hawkes
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Aug 2006

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