(out of 5)

 is excellent as a cab driver who drops off the beginning of a promising relationship in the form of  (who has never been more captivating) and picks up trouble in the form of . Cruise forces Foxx to drive him around Los Angeles to five different locations, with the driver being none the wiser for the reason until a stray body lands on top of his taxicab and he realizes he’s chauffeuring an assassin-for-hire. Now Foxx has to try and survive the evening while also doing his best to see if he can prevent more killings, but it doesn’t prove to be an easy task with the killer doing a very good job of keeping the two of them close together. What’s best about this film is Michael Mann’s riveting direction: a slow and steady pace that creeps towards a tighter and tighter climax until you find yourself grabbing your seat for dear life by the end. The screenplay seems to run out of ideas by its conclusion and takes a very Hollywood turn in the last third, a shame considering how marvelously jazzy the rest of it is; at the same time, recognizing this doesn’t make the film any less enjoyable. The atmosphere is captivating, with slow-burning night scenes and smoky clubs creating the feeling of a nightmarish evening that refuses to end, and Mann matches his visuals with two very strong performances in the leads. Foxx does a terrific job of toning down his bouncy personality, and Cruise is effectively creepy as the bad guy. Mann’s reputation as a director is so strong that he gets some pretty big names to show up in very minor roles here, including a cameo by , a terrific opening scene with  and wonderful performances (in far too small roles) by ,  and .

USA, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by Michael Mann,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jamie Foxx as “Max”)
Best Film Editing (Jim Miller, Paul Rubell)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jamie Foxx)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Jamie Foxx)

Best Cinematography (Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Director (Michael Mann)
Top Ten Films

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Jamie Foxx)

British Academy Award
Best Cinematography

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Jamie Foxx)
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Sound
Best Editing
David Lean Award for Direction (Michael Mann)



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