When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.
Cuba Gooding Jr.,
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
Stuart Beattie, wanted the studio to cast Robert De Niro as Max (once again making him a taxi driver, though the exact opposite of Travis Bickle). However the studio refused, insisting they wanted a younger actor in the role. See more »
After Max and Vincent leave the Fever Nightclub, Max crashes his taxi into two parked cars. In the first shot of the front of the car after the crash the taxi appears to have no damage at all, the following shot the left front light is broken and there's damage to the side of the taxi. In the next shot, the damage is gone again. See more »
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.
This was quite a beautiful movie.
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