Miami Vice (15)



Thriller (2006)
132mins US

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Gong Li
Director: Michael Mann
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Detectives James 'Sonny' Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs go deep undercover to break connected cases. While Tubbs joins forces with his girlfriend, Bronx-born intelligence analyst Trudy, to solve three murders connected with a drugs trafficking ring working out of South Florida, Crockett infiltrates the ring itself and finds his objectivity compromised when he becomes attracted to the kingpin's beautiful and alluring wife, Isabella. When the detectives' personal lives become entangled with their work, Crockett and Tubbs are forced to bend the rules to breaking point to get results.

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Miami Vice

Click here to read the interviews of Jamie Foxx (Det. Ricardo Tubbs), Colin Farrell (Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett) and Michael mann (Director)

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Michael Mann's film version of the cult 1980s television show, on which he was an executive producer, bears little resemblance to the sun-kissed cop drama that made global stars of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in their pastel-coloured suits and shades...

Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell in 'Miami Vice'. Credit: Frank Connor / Universal Pictures. Copyright:  2006 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED The title and character names may be the same, but this Miami Vice is gritty, grim and resolutely downbeat, shot in a gloomy vision of South Florida cowering under the threat of an imminent lightning storm.

Audiences expecting a return to the small screen's idyllic picture postcard of palm trees, blue water and designer stubble, or Jan Hammer's infectious theme tune, are in for a shock.

Mann and cinematographer Dion Beebe, who collaborated on Collateral, plunge headlong into the less scenic underbelly of a region riddled with drug lords and their gun-toting minions. Once again, they shoot on high definition digital video, which intensifies the shadows and light, especially in the nighttime sequences so we almost find ourselves squinting into darkness.

Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx's suits are anything but sharp - you're unlikely to see more ill-fitting threads in a $100million+ blockbuster - and their dialogue often consists of philosophical mumbo jumbo. "Probability is like gravity... You can't negotiate with gravity... You just cash out!"

Hard-boiled detectives James 'Sonny' Crockett (Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Foxx) go deep undercover to solve the murders of two federal agents and an informant's entire family. The evidence leads them to a drugs trafficking ring fronted by the sadistic Montoya (Luis Tosar) and his beautiful Chinese-Cuban wife Isabella (Gong Li).


The two cops successfully infiltrate the cartel, posing as drugs transporters, but Crockett finds his objectivity seriously compromised when he embarks on a passionate secret affair with Isabella.

"You're making moves on Montoya's wife?" asks Tubbs in disbelief. "No, we're making moves on each other," replies his partner coolly, seemingly blind to the gathering storm clouds. "So that's meant to make it alright?" Inevitably, the detectives' personal lives become entangled with their work and the safety of loved ones is threatened, including Tubbs's intelligence analyst girlfriend (Naomie Harris).

Forced to bend the rules to breaking point to get results, Crockett and Tubbs align themselves dangerously with the men they want to put behind bars.

Miami Vice is a triumph of style over comprehension; fraught conversations unfold and we have little clue what is going on. Mann's dynamic direction, especially during the set pieces, carries the film through many of the longueurs and explosions of sickening, realistic violence are all the more shocking for their scarcity.

However, the excessive 132-minute running time eventually wears us down and like the two detectives at the centre of the case, we can't wait for the big showdown and an end to the subterfuge

Click here to read the interviews of Jamie Foxx (Det. Ricardo Tubbs), Colin Farrell (Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett) and Michael mann (Director)

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