Sunday, March 20, 2005

Review – Collateral

This Tom Cruise / Jamie Foxx vehicle starts with a weak premise and unravels from there. From the outset we’re asked to believe that a professional killer with five marks to slay in the course of an evening is going to waste his time taking a cab, requiring him to terrorize the driver into doing his bidding. There’s some “plans to pin it on the cabbie” excuse, but it’s flimsy stuff. Indeed, this turns out to be one of those annoying, one-track productions in which a constant motion from one tense situation to the next stands in stead of an actual plot. Some of the fight sequences feature some decent choreography (I particularly liked the part where Cruise kills the guys who just got done robbing Foxx). But more often than not even the violence is done in by bad pace and weak editing. Overall this movie earns points for the money they spent on it and not much more. Mildly amusing

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