I went into this with pretty low expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed. The movie entirely invalidates the mythology of both the Predator and the Aliens in one fell swoop. The characters are boring, the dialogue stupid, and the plot inane. But when the Predators and Aliens went at it, I forgot all of that. Too bad that was only 25 minutes out of 101.
I’m not really a fan of either Tom Cruise or Jamie Foxx, but I’m a total mark for Michael Mann (Manhunter, Heat, The Insider), so I had mixed feelings going into this – I mostly expected to enjoy the style of the movie, the camera work, the soundtrack, and not really get into the film at all. I was so wrong. Collateral is, quite possibly, the best movie I’ve seen this year. Cruise and Foxx were both excellent – very believable in their roles, and both likeable in their own way. The direction was exactly what I’d come to expect from Mann – beautiful shots of LA, from above, lingering shots on faces where appropriate – none of the nausea inducing snap-cut garbage so prevalent in action movies today. Even the one real action scene in the movie was shot and edited in a way that you could actually see the action. Collateral was, quite possibly, the best movie I’ve seen this year. Better than Kill Bill vol. 2? I don’t know if I’d go quite that far, but they’re each different enough that I can put them side by side on the Great Movie pedestal. I know I’ll be buying this movie when it hits DVD.