Today I watched a film that was recommended by a friend which was Collateral; Collateral is the story of a New York cabbie who gets taken hostage by a hit man and is forced to drive him around for his next job, five assassinations in one night. Collateral stars Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise, Mark Ruffalo and Jada Pinkett Smith.
There are a lot of positives to this film, which are: the great acting, the good story, the tense and suspenseful moments, the good action, the dark tone and the fantastic script. To expand, the two leads in this film are fantastic in their roles and it is interesting to see Tom Cruise as a villain which he pulled off brilliantly; the story in this film along with script are very captivating and what makes them really good is the character interactions as the conversations between the leads are very intriguing and develop an understanding of both characters. The tone in this film is almost like a neo-noir, it has an unrelenting brutality to it which makes the film dark, bleak and most of all compelling.
I don't have a lot of problems with this film apart from the slow story progression, this is only going to be a problem for some people and doesn't affect me much as I like films with a slow burn (A Most Wanted Man, The Rover and Watchmen are clear examples of that) so for me this isn't much of a negative but I can see how it could be a problem for others. Even though the story doesn't develop all that quickly the character interactions and the stories going on in the background sustain the tone and make the film really compelling.
Overall I really liked Collateral and this is definitely not the last time I'll be watching it, so taking all of what I have said into consideration I rate this film: