Starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, this rollercoasting thrill-ride is one of the coolest of action movies to have hit the screen in 2004, as Summer goes out to the dogs and the first pangs of Autumn strike the air.
Tom, like his ex-wife Nicole Kidman, never seems to stop working, with this
movie being his second major movie after the Edward Zwick-directed masterpiece
The Last Samurai that came out earlier in 2004. And, yes - it is true...
Tom does play a bad guy in Collateral. A very bad guy in fact.
Tom is a contract killer, while Jamie Foxx plays an innocent cab driver
who takes Tom's character for a ride. Before Fox knows what is going on,
he's been hired for the night as the killer's personal chauffeur as such,
as they both rush round Hollywood, stopping off at certain houses to kill
Foxx, naturally, tries to escape from Cruise's deranged character, but to no avail. But in the end justice does prevail, and Foxx - to some extent - saves both the day, and the police a job - without me giving away the ending too much.
Directed by the hugely respected Michael Mann who has previously barked
orders on the movie sets of The Last of The Mohicans and Heat to stunning
effect, Collateral is a great movie not only due to the great performances
from Cruise and Foxx, but because of the way it has been made.
The approximate two hours running time is pretty much set in real time. Fans of the TV
series 24 will be familiar with such a concept. All the action in this movie does take place during a gruesomely exhilarating window of a few hours, as a late night in LA edges towards the next day's dawn, at which point the movie ends.
The prospect of setting a movie in real time, I'm sure, would scare the hell out of many a director because real life isn't usually interesting or exciting in such a non-stop and intense manner, so the story really does need to have something going on every second of every minute in order to keep the person watching the movie suitably enthralled.
Fortunately, elements of energy and suspense are sustained throughout here,
and are spectacularly unleashed in a number of graphically violent and
potentially disturbing action scenes.
For sure, when Cruise enters a nightclub in the early hours of the morning
and starts shooting his gun off, the resultant scene of chilling horror
is almost as bloodthirsty as any number of scenes from the mid-90's movie
Interview With The Vampire,' in which Tom also starred.
Fans of Cruise will be probably be surprised at how well he portrays a bad guy. Such fans will also be pleased to know that he looks as dapper as ever. Even if, at the end of the night, he does wind up dead with a bullet in is head. Without me giving away the ending too much. 4/5
But if any sequel that may materialise in the near future is even half as
action-packed and as cool as this movie, I - for one - can't wait.
Reviews, Books - Sitting Up with the Dead by Pamela Petro Reviewed By Steve Rudd
In the manic style of Bill Bryson, Pamela Petro gets in her car and heads out
around America in search of exciting new people, places and - above else -
Confining her extensive travels to the Eastern side of North America and,
in particular, the South-East states of Alabama, Georgia
Reviews, Books - Mick Ronson: The Spider with the Platinum Hair by Weird and Gilly Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Born and bred in Hull, Mick Ronson indeed did come from extremely humble beginnings to
become one of Britain's most respected musicians and producers.
Born in 1946, it was in the early seventies that Mick first became well known
through his work with David Bowie, with ace guitarist Mick
Reviews, Theatre - Gaffer! at York Theatre Royal By Nick Quantrill
Gaffer! is a one-man black-comedy which sees Deka Walmsley deliver a convincing
portrayal of a variety of comedy football characters and caricatures.
The central character is George, manager of struggling Northbridge Town.
George and Northbridge Town are old school. George has strong socialist values
Reviews, Films - Alien VS Predator By Steve Rudd
Whoever came up with the bright idea of violently pitting Alien against Predator
sure deserves a pat on the back and a raucous round of applause, for this big-budget
movie scores on many levels.
Whereas the bulk of the Alien franchise has long relied on
atmospheric tension rather than all-out action
Reviews, Books - The Promise of Bruce Springsteen by Eric Alterman. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Brucie, we need you - and more than ever!
A true rock 'n' roll star in every sense and then some, Bruce has had a truly staggering career in the music business, and even as we maniacally rush headlong into the 21st Century he is more popular than ever.
This biography of
Reviews, Films - Open Water By Steve Rudd
I really don't understand why this movie was ever made.
Based on true events, this follows a couple of young lovers (Daniel Travis and blonde bombshell Blanchard Ryan)
on a diving day-out as part of a vacation they're taking together.
Before we know it, they've been stranded in the middle
Reviews, Books - The Beach by Alex Garland Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless.
Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts.
Before the hit movie there was the cult novel written by an unknown
Reviews, Theatre - Fields of Gold at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough By Nick Quantrill
For some time now thisisUll.com has been bringing news
and reviews of events that are happening in Hull.
It is quite noticeable that what is going unreported is what's happening in the near-by towns
surrounding the city of Hull.
Reviews, Books - The Body by Hanif Kureishi Reviewed By Steve Rudd
I imagine that to participate in the world with curiosity and pleasure, to see the point of what is going on, you have to be young and uninformed. Do I want to participate?
This is an incredibly compelling novel from Kent-born Hanif (who proves himself to be ever-the-philosopher)
Reviews, Films - Five Children and It Reviewed by Ruth Wilson
The other day I went to the UGC cinema in Hull to see 5 Children and It.
It was a very good film, based on a book by E. Nesbit. It's about 5 children
(surprise, surprise! I can't remember their names, though!) who get sent to live
with their loopy uncle in the country during the
Kids, Reviews, Books - Freak-Outs and Very Secret Secrets by Karen McCombie Reviewed by Ruth Whitehouse
I have recently read a brilliant book called Friends, Freak-Outs and Very Secret Secrets by Karen McCombie,
a teenage book, part of the Ally's World Series. If you want me to be precise, it's number 4.
Now, onto the actual review. It is about a teenage girl called Ally who has a best