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Miami Vice (2006)
Sad, bad and dangerous to see!!!!
I really did not want to see this movie but my brother dragged me along assuring me that I would love it and I was willing to give it a chance. Now, I'm not a fan of the original TV series but I can see that it had a certain 80's charm to it. With that in mind I cannot see who this movie could possibly be aimed at. Firstly, Michael Mann is obviously trying to get as far away from the TV version as possible. This version is 'gritty' and 'raw' without a white suit in sight.
This movie probably would have been really good if it had been released in the 90's when audiences hadn't seen EVERY movie on undercover cops. There is nothing new here - it's the same old 'undercover drug bust - rogue cop seduces Big Boss's girlfriend - bust goes wrong - lets shoot lots of people' story that has been done a million times before. You'd think that to bring this back after 17 years it would have to be something brilliant and fresh, but it falls into every cliché possible.
The performances are also pretty dull. I don't know what Colin Farrell was trying to do with this role but his performance looked like it belonged on Saturday Night Live. Jamie Foxx gives the only viable performance but his screen time is seriously diminished in favour of Farrell who gets whole chunks of the movie to himself so that he can look out into the sunset and get it on with Li Gong.
Basically, if you've got even half a brain cell, this movie is not for you.
Last Days (2005)
Brilliant and moving - give it a chance...
I'm here to defend this brilliant film from those who have labelled it a bad watch. It's true that last Days isn't a film for everyone, nirvana fans are best to stay well away as the sight of their icon in a dress might send a shiver down their spines, but those who are willing to simply be with the character of Blake, body and mind, for 90 mins are in for something special. I've never been a big fan of Gus Van Sant's and this looked like his most pretentious project yet, but beyond the events the films based on and all the conspiracy theories that come with it Van Sant has chosen to just tell a story of a lonely isolated man. As Blake, Michael Pitt is fantastic, with little or nothing to say he has to rely on his mannerisms and facial expressions throughout most of the film and he does so with ease and brilliance. The stand out moment has to be 'Death To Birth'. Pitt's great song fits so well into the film you would think he wrote it about Cobain, (and he probably did) it's a scene you'll wanna watch over and you'll find yourself singing the song when the movie's finished. So not for everyone but a spiritual journey none the less, make sure it's late and your alone, put it on, you know your right.