Aroview: A moody night-thriller that cruises the streets of Los Angeles with a taxi-driver (Foxx) whose cab is commandered by a ruthless, grey-suited hitman (Cruise) who proceeds to work his way through a long list of victims.
Benefitting from being dramatically smaller in scale than dir. Mann's recent efforts (ALI, THE INSIDER), this retains his visual prowess and lingering melancholy, while building psychological portraits that feel more convincing and less macho than in previous films. Performances are top-notch with Foxx in particular revealing unusual depth in a star-making role and even the normally super-slick Cruise allowing some cracks in the mask.
Interestingly, this was largely shot on 'High Definition' Digital Video, apparently the first major Hollywood release to use the format.
Average rating (Good Enough). Showing 1-2 of 2 member reviews.
3 stars (Good Enough) The HD video has a unique look, and there are some very memorable scenes (including the crowded nightclub scene), but overall Collateral is not quite as gritty and believable as 'Heat'.~Tom H
2 stars (Good Try) Might have benefited from better casting in the lead roles.Failed to hold attention. Mark Ruffalo is fine in support.Some very good outside location shooting accompanied by an appropriate sound track.~tubbs