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Collateral (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  6 August 2004 (USA)
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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

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LA cabbie Max Durocher is the type of person who can wax poetic about other people's lives, which impresses U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell, one of his fares, so much that she gives him her telephone number at the end of her ride. Although a dedicated man as seen through the efficiency in which he does his work, he can't or won't translate that eloquence into a better life for himself. He deludes himself into believing that his now twelve year cabbie job is temporary and that someday he will own his own limousine service. He even lies to his hospitalized mother that he already owns one, with a further lie that he tells her as such primarily to make her happy, rather than the truth which is that he won't do anything to achieve that dream. One night, Max picks up a well dressed man named Vincent, who asks Max to be his only fare for the evening. For a flat fee of $600, plus an extra $100 if he gets to the airport on time - Vincent wants Max to drive him to five stops ... Written by Huggo

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It started like any other night

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Michael Mann Project  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,701,458 (USA) (6 August 2004)

Gross:

$7,648,801 (Japan) (10 December 2004)
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Mark Ruffalo states that the scene where Fanning first discovers Ramon Ayala's disappearance; and proceeds to call for "S.I.D", that Mann insisted on eighty or more takes. Ruffalo goes on to say that "you begin to lose your shit." Foxx and Barry Shabaka-Henley confirmed that Mann did in fact, film a massive amount of takes. Foxx stated: "Oh, yeah that hurts cuz Michael Mann *can* take some takes." See more »

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[first lines]
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Thank you God, for Noir has Returned!

One of the most beautifully crafted movies of the past 10 years. Why this movie is going by with very little publicity is beyond me. It has incredible screenplay, incredible directing (Michael Mann puts his trademark two cents in with the camera work and gritty feeling left from the lighting) and above all, great acting. Foxx and Cruise work together in a way unrivaled since..... Excellent story with little or no plot holes I could find. No cheesy lines, although the ending was quite rehashed from other suspense thrillers. All in all, this movie exceeded my expectations for a summer movie.

Pros:Excellent Acting, Screenplay, Plot, Script, and Directing Cons: Unoriginal Ending, seems a bit overly dramatic.

9.5/10

This was quite a beautiful movie.


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Love the film but there were three major head scratchers. ephraimcassion
This hasn't aged well... soundoflight
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