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Miami Vice

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Michael Mann
  • 126 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action crime thriller based on the classic 1980s TV series, starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. The personal and professional lives of undercover cops Crockett and Tubbs get dangerously intertwined as they close in on the head of a sophisticated drug smuggling organisation.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sonny CrockettColin Farrell (2)
Ricardo TubbsJamie Foxx
IsabellaGong Li
MontoyaLuis Tosar
Trudy JoplinNaomie Harris
FBI Agent FujimaCiaran Hinds
Lieutenant Martin CastilloBarry "Shabaka" Henley
ZitoJustin Theroux
Jose YeroJohn Ortiz (1)
Detective Gina CalabreseElizabeth Rodriguez
NeptuneIsaach de Bankole
NicholasEddie Marsan
Alonzo StevensJohn Hawkes

Crew

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DirectorMichael Mann

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2006-08-04
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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