Collateral Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Bruce McGill

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Collateral

Max (Foxx) is a cab driver in Los Angeles who dreams of starting a classy limo service. One night he brings in Annie (Smith), a federal prosecutor stressing about a huge case, from the airport, and they have a pleasant conversation. Then he picks up an out-of-town businessman named Vincent (Cruise) who offers him $600 to ferry him around all night. Max quickly learns that Vincent is a contract killer who intends to murder five different people involved in a grand jury hearing to indict a drug kingpin named Felix (Javier Bardem).
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Max does everything he can to get out of this job, including destroying the laptop that contains all the information Vincent needs to track his quarry, but he's in too deep, and he can't avoid the suspicion that he will be history too, before the night is out. Max will witness several deaths, meet the drug lord face-to-face, be forced to introduce Max to his ailing and estranged mother in the hospital, and eventually realize that he not only has to save his own skin but stop Vincent from taking his final victim, who turns out to be Annie. This 2004 Michael Mann picture is as much a character study of the two men as it is a thriller.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

A cab driver picks up what looks like an average businessman. The man wants the cabbie to take him to five different places. In exchange the cabbie gets paid $600. After the first stop the cabbie realizes that the man is a hitman who has to kill five witnesses. The cabbie then tries to stop him from killing anyone else.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

The worst night of Max's (Jamie Foxx) life started out with his second fare, a man named Vincent (Tom Cruise). Vincent is in town on business, and that business is death. A hired killer, Vincent's assignment is to murder five people in one night before they can testify before a federal grand jury in the morning about a Mexican drug cartel.

Hopping in Max's cab, Vincent intends to have Max simply drive him around L.A. while he kills people, and never be the wiser. But this plan quickly disintegrates when Vincent's first victim goes out the window and onto the cab.

Forced to take Max as a hostage/unwilling accomplice, Vincent resolves to continue his rounds and eliminate everyone on his list as planned.

As a team of cops led by Detective Fanning (Mark Ruffalo) stumble onto the trail, Max must summon the courage to escape from his captor and save not only himself but Vincent's last victim.

(Editorial note: this movie is more about Jamie Foxx than about Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is barely even seen for the first half hour of the film)
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver

Script Analysis of Collateral

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   serial killer If this is a criminal POV story...    -   killing innocent people

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cab driver Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   moving train    -   sewers/subways    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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