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Miami Vice
A character driven, testosterone packed summer film.
Miami Vice
Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann's "Miami Vice".
OPENING WEEKEND: $40,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $162,000,000
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January 3rd, 2006: The suave and intelligent Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) and his girlfriend Trudy Joplin (Naomi Harris) are working undercover transporting drugs into South Florida as they look to identify a group responsible for three murders. The enigmatic and sometimes unconventional Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) becomes romantically involved with Isabella (Gong Li), the wife of an arms and drugs trafficker, while also working undercover with the supplier of the South Florida group. The case pushes Crockett and Tubbs to the edge as the line between their real lives and secret identities begins to blur.

What to Expect: The film is a big screen adaptation of the famous 1980s show, which transformed the cop show genre into something cool. With its vibrant colors, modern fashion and exotic scenery, “Miami Vice” was the most polished show on television. Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas originally portrayed the slick duo of Crockett and Tubbs, with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx stepping into the roles for the film. Both Farrell and Foxx are excellent choices. Farrell has about as much charisma as any actor working today and his film roles have consisted largely of cops and soldiers (Tigerland, Hart’s War, Minority Report, The Recruit, S.W.A.T.) so he should feel at ease as Crockett. Pictures from the set have already shown him sporting the trademark 5 o’clock shadow that Don Johnson made famous. The Academy Award winning Foxx (Ray) has developed into a major actor since his In Living Color days and should easily transform into the sophisticated Tubbs. His screen presence can easily match Colin Farrell’s and the two actors should make a great team of contrasts. Reports from the set suggest that the two were getting along exceptionally even before shooting started and that there has been great on-screen chemistry between them since. With the two actors playing well off each other, expect solid and compelling performances.

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The original show’s writer and producer, Michael Mann, is also the film’s director so the material will almost certainly be handled with knowledge and expertise. Mann is one of the most respected filmmakers working today, with the majority of his work related in style and content to the show he helped spawn. His informative, emotionally gripping and visually stunning film The Insider, with Russell Crowe, received seven Oscar nominations in 2000. With films like Thief, Manhunter, Heat, and Collateral (which also starred Foxx and gave him another Oscar nomination) he has created his own unique take on the crime thriller genre. While they feature plenty of attitude and engaging action sequences, Mann’s thrillers always remain character driven. His trademark visuals of distant city landscapes, alluring nightlife, and inviting lights always have a major presence in his films. His cinematography combined with a cool, modern score generates exhilaration and pathos in equal measures. In general, his films usually contrast lonely outsiders working on opposite sides who are connected together through their passion for their work (just look at Pacino and De Niro in Heat, Crowe and Pacino in The Insider, or Cruise and Foxx in Collateral).

Consequently, Mann’s visual techniques and thematic fascinations should once again come together on Miami Vice. Since it is being shot in Florida and in several different countries in South America, the movie will undoubtedly contain countless exotic locations filmed during gorgeous, luminous nights. Additionally, the camaraderie and the contrast between Crockett and Tubbs will be explored in the film’s more dramatic moments.

In Conclusion: In my opinion, this could be the best film of the summer. Expect a character driven action film with dazzling cinematography and an evocative modern soundtrack. As a summer blockbuster, it should deliver all the action and thrills you need, without sacrificing intelligence in the process. The only potentially detrimental thing about the film is the “cheese factor.” Why remake an 80s TV show (other than money)? I don’t think Michael Mann will allow the project to become something laughable. This should be a summer film that adults will like and one that I am personally looking forward to.

Similar Titles: Heat, Collateral, Ronin, Training Day
July 28th, 2006 (wide)
December 5th, 2006 (DVD)

Universal Pictures

Michael Mann

Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris, Gong Li, Luis Tosar, John Ortiz

Total: 89 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Drama, Suspense

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content.

146 min





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