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COLLATERAL (2004) ***

Tom Cruise sinks his teeth into a juicy villain role in this tense thriller from director Michael (Ali) Mann.  Cruise is Vincent, an assassin as cold and steely as his hairdo.  He hires a cabbie (Oscar nominated Jamie Foxx) for the night to go on “errands”.  Foxx finds out what he’s really up to when Cruise throws a dead body out of a window and onto his cab.  He threatens to kill Foxx if he doesn’t chauffeur him around so he can kill the rest of the people on his death list.  Let the psychological cat and mouse games begin.  The best scene is where Foxx must impersonate Cruise in a bar.  With Mark Ruffalo and Peter Berg as cops, and Jada Pinkett Smith as Cruise’s final target.  The two leads are excellent together and there is a surprise or two, but the subway chase finale is obvious and unsuspenseful.  The digital cinematography doesn’t do it any favors either.  This movie however, proves the rule that any movie in which Cruise plays a character by the name of Vincent, it’s a good movie (see also The Color of Money).

Tags: action, c, jason statham, tom cruise
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