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Collateral 4K UHD Review

Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx carry “Collateral.”

In 2004’s “Collateral,” a cab driver (Max) with big dreams (and perhaps a potential date) finds himself in the worst possible situation when he picks up a hitman (Vincent) who essentially forces him to become an accessory to murder as he travels around L.A. on a series of assignments. Things only get worse when Vincent begins to involve Max’s personal life. Will Max make it out alive? Can the FBI or a cop (Ray) stop Vincent from carrying out more murders? 

Going into “Collateral” a whopping 16 years ago now, the question on everyone’s mind was “Can Tom Cruise play against type and be a bad guy?” After all, the actor made a career out of playing an action hero, a comedy star and a romantic lead. Under the guidance of director Michael Mann, the answer turned out to be a resounding yes. In fact, Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are the best thing about this entire movie. Not only do they deliver strong performances as complete opposites, but their interactions with one another keep you glued to your seat. They create the tension in this thriller. 

I’m not the world’s biggest Michael Mann fan, but he does a fine job here with his in your face, handheld style and a sense of realism. Could the film have been tightened up and trimmed 10 or so minutes? Yes, but he crafted an intense simple thriller. Perhaps a bit too simple at times.

Where “Collateral” falls short is with the script by Stuart Beattie. There’s no doubt the film has a great story set-up, but it never fully takes advantage of the concept. You’re left wishing the script dug deeper into the characters and that the story amounted to something more thematically. I will say the poetic justice of the ending is satisfying though.

Even though this is Cruise and Foxx’s movie, the cast is stacked with talent like Jason Statham (in a winky cameo), Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg and Javier Bardem. Their roles vary in size, but they provide a nice screen presence nonetheless.


Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? The dark, digital grainy style doesn’t overly benefit from being on 4K but this disc still provides a solid upgrade.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Despite being a mere 5.1 track, the audio fares better here as it perfectly balances quieter moments and shootouts. 
* “Collateral” theatrical trailer (on the 4K) and teaser
* An involving commentary by Michael Mann who talks about creative decisions and behind the scenes stories. This extra appears on the 4K and Blu.
* “City Of Night: The Making Of Collateral” and “Shooting On Location: Annie’s Office” bonus features.
* “Visual FX: MTA Train”- A look at the visual FX in the train sequence
* “Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx Rehearse”
* Deleted scene with commentary by Michael Mann.
* “Special Delivery”- A quick hidden camera video of Tom Cruise disguising himself as a delivery man.

December 5, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The best Mann for my money.

    Comment by K. Barnett | December 5, 2020 | Reply

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