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From the Director of Collateral and Heat.|A Michael Mann Film.
"It's a sensational trip -- gorgeous, gaga. David Edelstein, New York Magazine
|Based on the 1980's TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives crockett and tubbs as their respective personal and profeessional lives become dangerously intertwined.|
"Sensual and scary, the movie is so visually textured you feel as though you're brushing against the screen. Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
"...a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge... Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...Mann has refreshingly revived the series largely intact...[the film is] brimming with style... Brian Lowry, Variety
"...sheds the series' famous and influential pastel look and plunges its cast of villains and warriors into the 21st century. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
In 1984, director Michael Mann made television--and fashion--history with his action-packed, neon-lit crime series, MIAMI VICE. The series was a hit for five years, and became a cultural phenomenon that altered male fashion trends and glamorized the drug game. Now Mann, who has made quite a career for himself in Hollywood, with Oscar-nominated films including ALI, HEAT, and THE INSIDER, supersizes and updates his small-screen hit for the moviegoing public, crafting a sparkling, roller-coaster ride of a movie that is perfectly complemented by its bright colors and kinetic movement. MIAMI VICE follows the violent adventures of Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx). With Miami at the center of a global drug trade, their job of stopping illegal trafficking is hard and dangerous work, yet they are also rewarded with gorgeous girls and local celebrity. But their access to wealth, drugs, and power is tempting, and both men continually struggle with personal demons to stay on the right side of the law. From a frenetic opening scene at a nightclub to an undercover infiltration of a South American drug cartel, the action barely lets up. And when Crockett meets the irresistible Isabella (Chinese stunner Gong Li), the mistress of hotshot drug dealer Jesus Montoya (Luis Tosar), business mixes dangerously with pleasure, on dance floors and between sheets. As he did with the television show, Mann manages to make a guilty pleasure psychologically nuanced and politically charged--eye candy with depth. And despite the mesmerizing cinematography, the actors manage to be as striking as their surroundings, turning in strong, dynamic performances.
Miami Vice DVD
By: Sean O'Connell
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/24/2006 7:28 PM
|You can learn a lot about Michael Mann's updated Miami Vice by listening to Glenn Frey. It's true. Many questions surrounding this remake are answered using the lyrics to Frey's prophetic "Smuggler’s Blues," a song made famous by the seminal 1980s buddy-cop drama that sold sex and sidearms on South Beach....read the full review
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New York Times
"[M]ixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition....A dazzling Wagnerian spectacle....[Mann] fuses music, pulsating color and high drama....Frequently sublime."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "If you're looking for a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge, MIAMI VICE is the one."
"Mann seizes the audience, all right....He stages a spectacular showdown..." -- Grade: B
3 stars out of 5 -- "There's a classy but urgent verve to the scenes with Farrell and Foxx....Foxx is the cooler, more focused partner, while Farrell plays Crockett like a coiled spring..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "MIAMI VICE is pure Michael Mann and a dark exploration of the war against drug dealers....The action is knock-out from start to finish."
4 stars out of 4 -- "The cast are big enough for Mann's ambitions. Foxx commands attention with his stillness and intelligence, while Farrell's aura of sleaze fits Crockett better than any of Don Johnson's unstructured suits."
Sight and Sound
"[The film] thrills for at least two thirds of its running time and establishes a look and a mood that's incomparable in modern US cinema."
Wall Street Journal
"Michael Mann's feature-film update of his 1980s TV series turns out to be terrifically entertaining..."
Variety 8 of 10
"MTV cops" was the note scribbled by the late NBC exec Brandon Tartikoff that famously inspired "Miami Vice," and while the music and color palette have changed (black, it seems, is the new pastel), writer-director Michael Mann has refreshingly revived the series largely intact. Unlike most TV-to-movie transitions, Mann returns to his roots and delivers what amounts to a slightly overblown episode, brimming with style and characteristically short on substance...Cinematically, it's territory Mann knows well -- from "Thief" early in his career to "Heat" to the more recent TV series "R.H.D./LA" -- and that mastery of brooding atmosphere buoys what would otherwise be an utterly by-the-numbers crime drama.
- Brian Lowry
ReelViews 8 of 10
The two best words to describe the 2006 motion picture Miami Vice are "stylish" and "intense." One of those descriptors without the other could lead one to suspect a pretentious bore or a pointless exercise in action but, by pairing them, writer/director Michael Mann has crafted a gripping, visually interesting motion picture that doesn't fail on the basis of its needlessly convoluted plot and its hit-or-miss character arcs. As police dramas go, Miami Vice never loses its audience, in part because it is unpredictable (you never feel like anyone, even the lead characters, is destined to survive the proceedings) and in part because it never slows down...The best way to view this new Miami Vice is as something unconnected to its previous incarnation. That way, this version and the new interpretations of the actors can be allowed to stand on their own. As cop movies go, Miami Vice does interesting things with unoriginal material. This is to its credit - movies with more have failed, while this one succeeds on the basis of its fervor and immediacy. It's not the ultimate as either a cop movie or a TV adaptation, but it's better than average in both categories.
- James Berardinelli
The Village Voice 8 of 10
Michael Mann's Miami Vice is like a car that's been stripped of everything but its two bucket seats and rebuilt from the ground up. The protagonists are a pair of detectives named Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) and a cover of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" finds its way onto the soundtrack, but so little else about the film evokes the 1984-89 television series that the title seems almost perverse...In a career marked by an obsession with the intricacies of law enforcement and criminal activity, this may be Mann's most brutally efficient policier yet: The characters scarcely have personalities; they are nearly soulless nocturnal warriors. But watching them go about their deadly serious business nevertheless puts you in a state of high anxiety...Mann has done something transformative with Farrell: The Irish actor has never had this much charisma and natural authority in a role, and as he navigates that gray area between Crockett's real identity and his fabricated one, revealing subtle fissures in the character's cocksure facade, he's fascinating to watch. But it's not often enough noted that Mann is the creator of many strong female characters, and Gong's Isabella may be the most complex he has dreamt up since Tuesday Weld's tragic Jessie in his debut feature, Thief.
- Scott Foundas