Michael Mann - Hollywood - 2004 - 120 min.
I have been wanting to see this one again for a minute. The story and script¹ do not approach HEAT dimensions, but the cast is very good and the look sizzles. Cinematography was handled by Aussie lens man Dion Beebe(HOLY SMOKE² / IN THE CUT² / GANGSTER SQUAD / EDGE OF TOMORROW) and Paul Cameron(GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS / MAN ON FIRE³ / DEJA VU³ / WESTWORLD various episodes). This is one handsome
photoplay. Signature Mann angles, pans, and frames
are everywhere. You can let the dialog run as subliminal content and just absorb the look. Want to see how a pro shoots automobile interiors? Step right up. Lighting is insane : perfection on ice. Jim Miller(MEN IN BLACK / THE ADDAMS FAMILY) and Paul Rubell(TRANSFORMERS / THOR) handle the cut and splice. James Newton Howard score is professional, but unexceptional; which is a lot better than unprofessional and exceptionally incongruous. Francine Maisler herds the cats and provides the project with : Tom Cruise / Jamie Foxx / Jada Pinkett Smith / Mark Ruffalo / Peter Berg / Jason Statham(in a 10 second walk through) / Bruce McGill / Barry Shabaka Henley / and Javier Bardem. Production design by David Wasco(PULP FICTION / INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS / RESERVOIR DOGS / KILL BILL : VOL. 1). Art direction by Daniel T. Dorrance(SAVING PRIVATE RYAN / BRAVEHEART / SERENITY). Like I said, this is one handsome
photoplay. Hit up your friend with the huge screen.
¹with the exception of a nice convo between Cruise and Henley about Miles Davis
Extra special ear tidbits
include : band in a jazz club syncing to Mile Davis' SPANISH KEY - single edit
/ dance club DJ dropping Oakenfold's READY SET GO - "Korean" style
/ Johann Sebastian Bach's AIR ON A G STRING
coming over the cab radio as lounge piano / Groove Armada - HANDS OF TIME
/ musical interlude(it is Michael Mann after all) - Audioslave - SHADOW OF THE SUN
Don't neglect the original 17:34 minute BITCH'S BREW version of SPANISH KEY
86% at https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/collateral/
Desson Thompson's Washington Post
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