My wife and I enjoyed another double feature at the expense of our local movies theatre. This time, we saw M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” and Michael Mann’s “Collateral.” This movies review contains no spoilers.
Clearly not one of M. Night Shyamalan’s best. It qualifies as interesting and watchable because of the directorial talent. It is beautifully shot and the creepy-factor holds for extended periods. As for writing, the story is interesting and portrays many interesting ideas. However, there are story holes bigger than a copse of redwoods. Because the joy of Shyamalan’s movies lie in the endings, I cannot reveal more. I recommend this for watching at home on VHS or DVD or, if you feel the need to see it in the theatre, view it as the second of a double feature. We saw this one first and snuck into…
On the whole, a slightly better film. Tom Cruise played Ethan Hunt…er… no, it just seems like he played Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible I, II, etc. Tom Cruise was great but his acting style is indistinguishable from his other action film roles. The only twist is that he plays a bad guy. Thing is, he’s so enjoyable to watch that you end up rooting for him for most of the film. Opposite Tom Cruise’s “Vincent” is Jaime Foxx’s “Max,” a cab driver hired-then-kidnapped, forced to take Vincent on his rounds. Good premise for a movie and Foxx was almost as good as Cruise, but a somewhat distant almost. I predict that Foxx will win an Oscar for some future role. He clearly has personality and acting ability and can play a variety of roles. Michael Mann’s direction made the movie very stylish, very hip. Shot in a similar style as Manhunter (1986) and The Insider (1999), with lots of half-out-of-focus, hazy city lights background, birds-eye-view of the city, and garish neon colors. While the premise is good, the characters and the acting make the movie worth seeing. I feel this movie, like The Village, can be enjoyed as easily at home or, if you are so bold, as part of a double feature.
Together, The Village and Collateral made one great movie.