take it to the limit, one last time"
When the family of one of their informants is killed, Miami-Dade
vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Foxx) and their
team are drawn into a Federal investigation. Because FBI Agent Fujima (Hinds)
case has fallen apart and all of their connections lost, Crockett and Tubbs
are given the task of infiltrating the South American drug cartel to discover
who leaked that the information about the FBI case. As they get deeper into
the criminal organisation and Crocket gets closer to Isabella, the headman's
(Tosar) second in command, they realise that the organisation is bigger than
the FBI ever imagined.
Adaptations of old television shows have become the stable of
Hollywood creativity over the last few years but this new version of an old
classic is different, this is 'Miami Vice'.
When it was announced that acclaimed director Michael Mann was
going to revisit the series he executive produced in the 1980s, fans of the
hard hitting cop show rejoiced. This was one of the few TV shows of the era
that could be adapted for a modern audience without making it into a parody
of the original hit series. Since the series ended in 1989, Michael Mann has
become one of the most respected and critically acclaimed directors working
in cinema today. With commercial and critical hits like 'Manhunter', 'Collateral',
'The Insider', 'Ali' and 'The Last of the Mohicans', Mann took everything
he learned from his time on Miami Vice to produce one of the best crime thrillers
of the 90s, 'Heat'.
Now he has come full circle and returned to the series that
made his name, taking everything that he has learned over the years and applying
it to the new version of 'Miami Vice'. Gone are the neon lights, the pastel
coloured suits and the alligator as a pet to be replaced by gritty realism.
Still keeping the extravagance needed to keep up the drug dealing cover, Michael
Mann takes the essence of what made the show so successful and brings it up
to date for the new millennium audience.
Don't expect huge visual effects sequences bombarding you throughout
its running time. This is a film that slowly builds towards a gripping and
explosive conclusion, concentrating on character and plot throughout. The
violence only serves to advance the plot, a necessity to solve a problem or
to save a life. It is never glorified or showcased as Michael Mann and his
creative take you into the thick of the action. Don't expect any slow motion
or computer controlled panning shots around our heroes but instead he utilises
the camera as a witness to the events, taking us into the case with Crockett
and Tubbs allowing us to stand at their sides throughout. This increases the
realism of the movie tenfold and means that the film pulls no punches at all.
Following in the footsteps of an already established, successful
franchise with actors that are firm favourites in the roles was always going
to be difficult but Michael Mann has chosen two real stars to replace Don
Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as Crockett and Tubbs. Stepping into the
role of James 'Sonny' Crockett is Colin Farrell who finally gets the chance
to life up to this next big thing billing. After his breakout role in 2000
in 'Tigerland', the Irish actor has worked with some great directors such
as Steven Spielberg (Minority Report), Terrance Malick (The New World) and
Oliver Stone (Alexander) both none of these films or performances have gave
him the chance to recapture the same energy that got him noticed in the first
place but Michael Mann finally gives him the chance to show what he can do.
Confident, slightly cocky, aggressive but fiercely loyal, Sonny Crockett is
a more gritty version of the man made famous by Don Johnston but this adaptation
is riddled with realism. The same can be said of Jamie Foxx's performance
as Ricardo Tubbs. The Oscar winning actor is no stranger to working with Michael
Man having appeared in 'Collateral' and 'Ali' and the actor brings everything
he has to role, proving again that he is one of the best actors of his generation.
As well as the two leading men, you have good supporting performances
from an impressive ensemble. Asian superstar Gong Li continues to make inroads
into Hollywood with another fine performance as Crockett's love interest Isabella.
John Ortiz and Luis Tosar play despicable villains that are very easy to hate.
British actress Naomie Harris also continues to make a splash in Hollywood
with another fine performance. There are also noticeable smaller roles filled
by Ciarán Hinds as FBI Agent Fujima, Barry Shabaka Henley as Lt. Martin Castillo
and Justin Theroux, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Domenick Lombardozzi as Crockett
and Tubbs' team.
'Miami Vice' is an example of how a television series should
be adapted to the silver screen. Michael Mann has taken the essence show he
oversaw in the 80s and made it relevant to a modern audience in the new millennium.
This is gritty, no holds barred realism that many other action dramas struggle
to recreate. Fans of the show could be slightly disappointed by this change
of approach but this is a film that doesn't really pander to the 80s series
but make it as if it was how he'd approach the project now, if it were new.
Hopefully this won't be the last time we see Crockett and Tubbs.
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital
5.1, the movie is presented well.
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Mann
For the North American (Region 1) version of 'Miami Vice' is a specially
extended director's version of the movie that includes six minutes of new
footage. He outlines the differences between this version and the theatrical
cut. The master director provides an excellent commentary track where he
outlines the approach of the film, its look, plot structure and how it is
different from the original TV show.
Miami Vice Undercover (13.03 mins)
Director Michael Mann, former undercover agents Lorenzo Toledo and Alex
Alonso, Miami-Dade Police Department officer Roy Rutland, DEA undercover
agents Towanda and Robert Muzar and stars Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Elizabeth
Rodriguez and Naomie Harris talk about what it takes to be a real undercover
police officer or federal agent. Here we discover what it takes to go undercover
and how the cast and crew were trained to understand how to prepare for
their roles and the world the characters inhabit.
Miami & Beyond: Shooting on Location (10.01 mins)
Director Michael Mann, director of photography Dion Beebe, set decorator
Jim Erickson, security advisor Jim Milford and stars Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell,
Justin Theroux and Barry Shabaka Henley talk about shooting on real locations
for Miami Vice. Here we visit Montevideo in Uruguay, Cicdad del Este in
Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Miami, as the film tries to make the
look and feel of the piece as authentic as possible.
Visualising Miami Vice (12.42 mins)
Director of Photography Dion Beebe, stunt coordinator Artie Malesci, special
effects coordinator Bruce Steinheimer, set decorator Jim Erickson and stars
Colin Farrell and Justin Theroux talk about working with writer/director/producer
Michael Mann, shooting in digital, aerial photography, the cars, the guns
and the night clubs.
Behind the Scenes Featurettes (10.14 mins)
Entitled 'Gun Training', 'Haitian Hotel Camera Blocking' and 'Mojo Race',
watch B-Roll footage and training video as the cast and crew bring 'Miami
Vice' to the silver screen.
With a new version of the movie, an excellent commentary and
some great behind the scenes featurettes, this is a good DVD package for
'Miami Vice'. The only thing missing is the original version of the film,
which would have made this a triumph for the fans.
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