Ricardo Tubbs is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy, as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett [to the untrained eye, his presentation may seem unorthodox, but procedurally, he is sound] is charismatic and flirtatious until - while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group - he gets romantically entangled with Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one - especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves.Written by
Colombia's northernmost peninsula, Guajira is a desert, not the jungle backdrop used to describe the smuggler's airplane. This backdrop would most likely fit the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, where the "Santa Marta Gold" marijuana is produced. See more »
Det. Ricardo Tubbs:
[Crockett is holding a live hand grenade]
I'm gonna tell you what's gonna happen. People are gonna come in here, and you know what they gonna say? They gonna look around and go 'Ola Hijo. That's some crazy motherfucking wallpaper, what is that? Jackson Pollock?'
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett:
No, viero. That was José Yero. Got splattered all over his own wall.
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Although there were no opening credits in the theatrical release, the Unrated Director's Cut contains credits over a new sequence that opens the film. Once the credits are done, the film begins in the nightclub scene that opened the theatrical version. See more »
The unrated director's cut adds 7 minutes of unseen footage:
A 3 minute long boat race with opening credits
After the boat race there is a 1 minute scene where Crockett and Tubbs watch Detective Switek negotiate a deal with Neptune.
A line of dialogue from Alonzo (when hes driving) where he says "pick up some sh*t" has been removed
A line of dialogue where Crockett says "those are some skill sets" when looking at the satellite images of the speed boats has been removed
A brief, 30 second, scene where Nicholas calls Yero to set up the deal with Crockett and Tubbs
A scene from the theatrical cut when Crockett and Tubbs walk around an outside balcony at their hotel and walk in on Isabella and her men has been deleted. In the unrated cut, they go into their hotel room, they get a phone call, and they go to meet Montoya.
4 minutes of new footage over two scenes: After meeting Montoya, Tubbs calls Trudy to ask if everything is alright. She thanks him for some flowers that were sent to her. Tubbs tells her he didn't send them. After this phone call Tubbs and Trudy are in a diner talking about the flowers and how its part of being undercover.
A new shot in the airplane sequence where Tubbs identifies himself as flight zero-zero-zero and Zito in the other plane acknowledges him.
A 1 minute scene of Crockett and Isabella on a balcony when they are in Cuba. Isabella tells Crockett that she grew up in this house and how her mother was a surgeon.
The song "In the air tonight" performed by Nonpoint now plays leading up to the final shootout
When Isabella is coming over for the exchange before the shootout, someone saying "where you going bitch?" has been removed
A 1 minute scene after Crockett and Isabella leave the shootout, she hits and punches Crockett while he's driving. The car skids out and he ties her hands up.
A brief shot at the safe house when Crockett cut Isabella's hands free
The end credits have been shortened (because of the new opening credits) and Nonpoint's "In the air tonight" no longer plays. Now the credits play "One of these mornings" performed by Moby. (The Moby song is the second song during the theatrical credits)
I thought the movie was slick and stylish, yet Mann gave absolutely no nods towards one of the biggest t.v shows of all time, aside from the characters having the same names and residing in Miami.
Where was the boat? The alligator? The ex-wife? The kid? Where was Miami? The scenes shot there could have pretty much been anywhere on the coastline of the States. Mann reportedly said a few years back that Miami isn't an interesting place to him anymore. Well he made that quite apparent with his new version of Miami Vice.
I, against popular opinion, actually thought he made a good choice in Farell. I don't really like the guy but he seems to be convincing in most of his roles, and who's better to play a party hard, rough around the edges renegade than a party hard, rough around the edges, erm, renegade.. ahem. But as it's been stated over and over, Farell and Foxx had no chemistry whatsoever. They barely even looked at each other. In fact, Foxx's role could have pretty much been played as well by most African American actors, given the amount of screen time the guy had.
I came out of the movie feeling like I wanted to hit a club, drink mojito's and pick up a model. Which I did, almost.
Miami Vice was a slick cop story with a shaky plot and cool visuals. But if you're looking for any references to the series then forget it, aside from a crap cover version of In The Air tonight thrown on during the end credits (originally sung by Phil Collins in the series pilot).
What was great about the series was the style, the attitude, the music. The film got one out of three of those right.
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