Sunday, September 2, 2018

Collateral

col·lat·er·al Pronunciation: \kə-ˈla-t(ə-)rəl\
1 a : accompanying as secondary or subordinateb : serving to support or reinforce
Have any of you seen the movie Collateral? If you haven't DO. It's been out about well over 10years but some streaming services likely still have it, and you can currently rent it on Amazon Prime.

I am NOT a Tom Cruise Fan but his performance in this piece is not only unusual for him, and extremely good. The plot in a nutshell? A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer: Cruise as "Vincent" as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. I almost didn't recognize Cruise at first. He was perfect as a stone-cold killer, donning a sub-zero amoral nihilism as well as a suit with threads the color of the coyotes that roamed the LA streets that night. He throws out half rendered references to the I Ching and Darwin that reminded me a bit of Jules in Pulp Fiction. Jamie Fox, also in a role that surprised me with his depth, plays the cab driver forced to drive Vincent to his five hits, the body of the first mark ending up hitting the roof of his cab, giving his fare's profession away.

The interplay between two interesting characters is awesome, enough to make you overlook the plot holes that got a little larger as the film goes on, until finally the screenwriters just threw up their hands and started the action. By then I was not going to hit pause for anything. Cruise handled his guns like he had one in his hand his whole life, and the scene in which the two thugs steals his briefcase is one you won't forget. The speed reloads and Mozambique Drills are icing on the cake.

The main point I took from the film was not the action, and not the plot. It was a film that followed how people connect and react until the most adverse of circumstances. There's something in even the meek that comes out when someone threatens what they value.


I bet in the future, the cab driver in the film will carry a back up piece. I certainly do.

- Brigid

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recommendation. It's more & more difficult to find good things to watch, the last few years, but networking & crowd-sourcing make it easier.

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  2. Yes, that is an 'odd' movie on a lot of fronts... And ALWAYS carry... ALWAYS!

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  3. There are lots of articles/videos covering the training Cruise did for the gunfight scenes. Alley scene is one of the best.

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  4. The gun handling looked real because he trained hard with real gun handlers. I remember the first time I saw that in the theater going "Dayum.. This guy's good."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8-P8sJNHk0

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  5. Cruise's "Mission Impossible" movies have been on a roll since "Ghost Protocol". The best moments in the new film come from the writers showing that they haven't forgotten about Ethan Hunt's long-suffering wife, Julia.

    Just the scene with Michelle Monaghan and Ving Rhames catching up while working to defuse the bomb in "Fallout" is worth the drive to the suburbs.

    You did see "The Icredibles" sequel, right? The art and music over the credits alone are also worth the drive, but you may have to find a dollar theater in the suburbs.

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