The story opens with Max (Jamie Foxx) taking his cab out at the start of his night shift. Before long, he picks up Vincent, who tells him he needs to make five stops in Los Angeles and then return to the airport around 6 a.m. When a dead body lands on Max’s taxi at the first stop though, it becomes evident that Vincent is in town to eliminate five key people from a Federal trial which is due to start the next day.
Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat, The Last Of The Mohicans) has had a long and distinguished career as a director, and his talent and experience is evident in every detail of this film. It is dark, gritty and wonderfully directed; with moody shots of LA at night that were specially filmed on digital cameras to better capture the scenes in the unusual lighting conditions.
In fact, there’s really nothing wrong with Collateral. It is a well-crafted crime thriller that will at times remind you of Heat (which is no bad thing) and following a summer of comic book blockbusters, it’s all the more appealing for being that bit darker and grittier than most recent releases. So if that sounds like something you might be interested in, go and see this movie - you won’t be disappointed.