Monday, April 04, 2005

Collateral. Saw this movie last night on DVD. It stars Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Michael Mann directed it, so it had to be distinctive, and it is. Violent, surreal, smart. A guy movie. Cruise is the devil himself. He pushes Foxx to an act of self-sacrifice in which Foxx finds redemption, emerging from the tomb-like wreck of his cab to become a new man, ready to save the damsel in distress and destroy the personification of evil who, up to that point, seemed omnipotent. Maybe that's what Satan is here for - to push us out of our tendency to safety, push us to make risky choices for the good of others.

Toward the end, when Cruise is chasing Foxx and damsel, the sound track explodes with drum beats - straight from the Last of the Mohicans. A fascinating movie, even with a certified Hollywood ending.

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