Collateral (movie)

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Template:Infobox Movie Collateral is a 2004 Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures American action/thriller film directed by Michael Mann and written by Stuart Beattie.

It had moderate financial success, and was pretty well liked amongst critics. Both followers of Michael Mann and Tom Cruise are mostly calling it a very good film, though there has been substantial critical praise for the performance of Jamie Foxx, including a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination. The movie takes place in Los Angeles though the original screenplay set the story in New York. It is also the first major motion picture to be shot with the Viper FilmStream Camera.


Plot Summary

A nihilistic, erudite contract killer, Vincent (Tom Cruise) uses a taxi to make his rounds one night in Los Angeles. The first hit of the night doesn't go to plan (the mark falls onto the taxi from a few floors above). Vincent goes to Plan B, in which his taxi driver, Max (Jamie Foxx) becomes a hostage.

Eventually Max realizes that the marks are key witnesses for the prosecution in a court case against an organized crime boss. Max must find a way to save himself and one last victim.

Plot Summary - Long

Max is a cabbie in LA; he strives to be the best. He has had the job for twelve years. Dreams of starting a limo company dance in his head, but they’re just dreams, never to be realized. One day he picks up a prosecuting attorney, they talk, and in the end when she leaves the cab, she gives him her card. As Max is staring at the card in amazement, a man, Vincent, gets in. Vincent says he has five stops, and will pay Max $600 to drive him around. Max gladly agrees. At the first stop, Vincent tells Max to wait out in the back alley. Wham! A body smashes on the roof of the cab. Max is stunned. He looks up at where the body came from, Vincent is standing there. Max, “Did you kill him?”, Vincent, “No, the bullets and the fall killed him.” Vincent takes Max hostage and makes him drive around. Vincent takes out a lawyer turned criminal and a jazzman. Max at one point loses it and flings Vincent’s briefcase onto the highway. Vincent almost kills him, but then decides to send him to Felix to get the documents again. At first Max is nervous, but then gets confident and gets the files. We learn that Vincent is a hitman hired by Felix to take out witnesses in a trial against him. Felix is in the “exotic substances” business. Vincent has two more hits left. Vincent and Max go to club Fever, but FBI and LAPD or on their trial. In the ensuing mess, Vincent gets his target and manages to save Max’s life. One hit left. Then Max rebels, he hits a construction barrier and they go flying. Vincent runs away from the wreckage. Max is just about to give himself up to a cop who is at the crash site when he sees that the last target on Vincent’s list is the prosecution lawyer he met in the beginning. Max quickly takes out the cop and starts running to save the woman. He phones her, Vincent is in the building, Max is outside looking in. When he sees Vincent is in the building, Max run inside the building. Just as Vincent is about to shoot the woman, Max shoots Vincent in the ear. The woman and Max run away onto the subway/skytrain. Vincent follows. And in the ultimate climax, Max is on one side of the skytrain doors and Vincent is on the other. They both shoot multiple rounds. They both run out of bullets. Vincent starts to re-load but his clip hits the floor. He is bleeding from the chest and abdomen. He sits down. “Guy. Gets on the subway. Dies. Think anybody’ll notice?”

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External links

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