Collateral

Collateral ★★★★★

Classic Michael Mann. A seamless blend of dynamic crime thriller and contemplative mood piece. It's possibly Mann's most high-concept work, yet he still manages to weave his thematic interest in professionals who stick closely to their own code into the plot and explore it in the relationship between the two lead characters. Filling those roles are Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx who are outstanding in against type performances.

This is all of Mann's strengths on display. Exhilarating action sequences. Subtle character development. Introspective dialogue. Unpredictable plotting. Complimenting imagery through music. And, of course, the striking digital camerawork which he uses to capture the vastness and midnight mood of the cityscape better than anyone.

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