Thursday, August 12, 2004

Movie: Collateral

Posted on Thu, Aug 12, 2004 at 4:00 AM

Our Rating: 4.00

Count your summer-cinema blessings, because this stylish yet restrained thriller finds Michael Mann indulging most of his best qualities and few of his worst. Immediately establishing an entrancing, dreamlike mood, Mann takes us for an overnight spin with cabbie Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx), who becomes the terrified hostage of a coolly homicidal fare (Tom Cruise). As the delicious tension keeps on mounting, this twisted, beautifully filmed Los Angeles travelogue is lent added immediacy by periodic injections of digital video. Foxx's subtle performance proves that he is quietly becoming one of our best actors, and as the sinister pickup, Cruise reverses a sad recent trend by not in any way disgracing himself. The wrap-up of the film doesn't nearly live up to the preceding suspense, but it's no fatal failing to appreciate the smoothness of a ride far more than anywhere it took you.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

February 24, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation