La storia è abbastanza convenzionale e priva di colpi di scena; in alcuni momenti si eccede con le coincidenze, ma Collateral è un film che, più che pesato col bilancino, va soprattutto guardato ed ascoltato.
Grande colonna sonora che spazia in molti generi, eccezionali la regia e la fotografia di una luminosissima notte di Los Angeles, colma di lampioni, palazzi e fari di auto ed elecotteri. Luci sempre in movimento e sempre riflesse su vetri, specchi e carrozzerie lucide; una bella scelta, in anni in cui per ottenere effetti stylish si è spesso ricorso a filtri e alterazioni dei colori (Traffic e The Aviator, per dire).
I dialoghi (cool), come tutto il resto, servono più a creare l'atmosfera, che non a raccontare la storia; bravi gli interpreti, anche se non sono convintissimo che Jamie Foxx abbia la carriera assicurata (vedremo i suoi prossimi lavori).
A mio parere uno dei film più godibili da vedere degli ultimi anni.
Voto: 9 (da guardare a notte fonda!)
E complimenti a Tom Cruise che da quando può scegliersi e/o prodursi i film da solo, ha sbagliato veramente poco, ottenendo quasi sempre successi di pubblico e critica. (è tappo, è scientologo ed ha mollato la Kidman... fa piacere sapere che nessuno è perfetto... )
- Leonardo DiCaprio .... Howard Hughes
- Cate Blanchett .... Katharine Hepburn
- Kate Beckinsale .... Ava Gardner
- John C. Reilly .... Noah Dietrich
- Alec Baldwin .... Juan Trippe
- Alan Alda .... Senator Ralph Owen Brewster
- Ian Holm .... Professor Fitz
- Danny Huston .... Jack Frye
- Gwen Stefani .... Jean Harlow
- Jude Law .... Errol Flynn
The script begins as a young Hughes directs one of Scorsese's favorite films, Hell's Angels. Hughes was so obsessed with perfection in the aerial sequences that he waits forever for perfect conditions, right down to cloud formations. The Aviator ends in 1946, when Hughes was still a dashing young man and romancing actresses like Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn.
Nome di battesimo: IV, Thomas Cruise Mapother
Data di nascita: 3 July 1962
Altezza: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Coniuge: Nicole Kidman::(24 December 1990 - 8 August 2001) (divorced) 2 (adopted) children, Mimi Rogers::(9 May 1987 - 4 February 1990) (divorced)
- Deathrace 3000 (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The Eye (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- I Married a Witch (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Mission: Impossible III (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Untitled Sam Jones/Motocross Project (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- War Magician (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Ask the Dust (2005) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Elizabethtown (2005) .... (producer) [produttore]
- War of the Worlds (2005) .... Ray Ferrier [attore]
- Collateral (2004) .... Vincent [attore]
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive, deeply religious youngster who was born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, was destined to become Tom Cruise, one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in screen history. The only son (among four children) of nomadic parents young Tom spent his boyhood eternally on the move and by the time he was 14 he had attended 15 different schools in the US and Canada. He finally settled in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his mother and her new husband. While in high school, he developed an interest in acting and abandoned his plans of becoming a priest, dropped out of school, and at age 18 headed for New York and a possible acting career. The next 15 years of his life are the stuff of legends. He made his film debut with a small part in Endless Love (1981) and from the outset exhibited an undeniable box office appeal to both male and female audiences.Though below average height and not particularly handsome in the traditional sense, within 5 years Tom Cruise was starring in some of the top grossing films of the 1980s including Top Gun (1986); The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). By the 1990s he was one of the highest paid actors in the world earning an average 15 million dollars a picture in such blockbuster hits as _Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)_ , Mission: Impossible (1996) and Jerry Maguire (1996) for which he received an Academy Award Nomination for best actor. In 1990 he renounced his devout Catholic beliefs and embraced The Church Of Scientology claiming that Scientology teachings had cured him of the dyslexia that had plagued him all of his life. A kind and thoughful man well known for his compassion and generosity, Tom Cruise is one of the best liked members of the movie community. He was married to actress Nicole Kidman until 2001. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV has indeed come a long way from the lonely wanderings of his youth.
Trivia random: Wore braces on his flashy, million-dollar smile in 2002 to correct a misaligned bite.
Citazione random: [on the relationship with Katie Holmes, about other people thinking it's a publicity stunt] "It's amusing at first. It's funny. But then you sit back and realize how sad it is that there are people who can't even imagine feeling like this. But my friends are happy for me. The people who know me are happy. My mom is happy. My family is happy."
- Benicio Del Toro .... Javier Rodriguez
- Jacob Vargas .... Manolo Sanchez
- Andrew Chavez .... Desert Truck Driver
- Michael Saucedo .... Desert Truck Driver
- Tomas Milian .... General Arturo Salazar
- Jose Yenque .... Salazar Soldier/The Torturer
- Emilio Rivera .... Salazar Soldier #2
- Michael O'Neill .... Lawyer Rodman
- Michael Douglas .... Robert Wakefield
- Russell G. Jones .... Mark, the Clerk
A modern day look at America's war on drugs told through four separate stories that are connected in one way or another. A conservative politician who's just been appointed as the US drug czar learns that his daughter is a drug addict. A trophy wife struggles to save her husband's drug business, while two DEA agents protect a witness with inside knowledge of the spouse's business. In Mexico, a corrupt, yet dedicated cop struggles with his conscience when he learns that his new boss may not be the anti-drug official he made himself out to be.
Nome di battesimo: Kidman, Nicole Mary
Data di nascita: 20 June 1967
Altezza: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Coniuge: Tom Cruise::(24 December 1990 - 8 August 2001) (divorced) 2 children
- Headhunters (2007) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Bienvenido a casa (2006) .... Hilary Pawell [attrice]
- Fur (2006) .... Diane Arbus [attrice]
- Happy Feet (2006) .... Norma Jean (voice) [attrice]
- The Lady from Shanghai (2006) .... [attrice]
- The Visiting (2006) .... Carol [attrice]
- Bewitched (2005) .... Isabel Bigelow/Samantha [attrice]
- The Interpreter (2005) .... Silvia Broome [attrice]
- Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe (2005) (TV) .... (singer: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend") (uncredited) [misc]
- Birth (2004) .... Anna [attrice]
Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Anthony (a biochemist and clinical psychologist) and Janelle (a nursing instructor) Kidman. The family moved almost immediately to Washington, D.C., where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney. Young Nicole's first love was ballet, but she eventually took up mime and drama as well (her first stage role was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant). In her adolescent years, acting edged out the other arts and became a kind of refuge--as her classmates sought out fun in the sun, the fair-skinned Kidman retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft. She worked regularly at the Philip Street Theater, where she once received a personal letter of praise and encouragement from audience member Jane Campion (then a film student). Kidman eventually dropped out of high school to pursue acting full-time. She broke into movies at age 16, landing a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas (1983). That appearance touched off a flurry of film and TV offers, including a lead in BMX Bandits (1983) and a turn as a schoolgirl-turned- protester in the miniseries "Vietnam" (1987) (mini) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award). With the help of an American agent, she eventually made her US debut opposite Sam Neill in the at-sea thriller Dead Calm (1989). Kidman's next casting coup scored her more than exposure. While starring as Tom Cruise's doctor/love interest in the racetrack romance Days of Thunder (1990), she won over the Hollywood hunk hook, line, and sinker. After a whirlwind courtship (and decent box office returns), the couple wed on December 24, 1990. Determined not to let her new marital status overshadow her fledgling career, the actress pressed on. She appeared as a catty high school senior in the Australian film Flirting (1991), then as Dustin Hoffman's moll in the gangster flick Billy Bathgate (1991). She reunited with Cruise for Far and Away (1992), the story of young Irish lovers who flee to America in the late 1800s, and starred opposite Michael Keaton in the tear-tugger My Life (1993/I). Despite her steady employment, critics and moviegoers still hadn't quite warmed to Kidman as a leading lady. She tried to spice up her image by seducing Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), but achieved her real breakthrough with Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995). As a fame-crazed housewife determined to eliminate any obstacle in her path, Kidman proved that she had an impressive range and deadly comic timing. She took home a Golden Globe and several critics' awards for the performance. In 1996, Kidman stepped into a corset to work with her countrywoman and onetime admirer, Jane Campion, on the adaptation of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady (1996). A few months later, she tore across the screen as a nuclear weapons expert in The Peacemaker (1997), adding "action star" to her professional repertoire. She and Cruise then disappeared into a notoriously long, secretive shoot for Stanley Kubrick's sexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The couple's on-screen shenanigans prompted an increase in public speculation about their sex life (rumors had long been circulating that their marriage was a cover-up for Cruise's homosexuality); tired of denying tabloid attacks, they successfully sued The Star for a story alleging that they needed a sex therapist to coach them through love scenes. Family life has always been a priority for Kidman. Born to social activists (mom was a feminist, dad a labor advocate), Nicole and her little sister, Antonia, discussed current events around the dinner table and participated in their parents' campaigns by passing out pamphlets on street corners. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, 17-year-old Nicole stopped working and took a massage course so that she could provide physical therapy (her mom eventually beat the cancer). She and Cruise adopted two children: Isabella Jane (born in 1993) and Connor Antony (born 1995). Despite their rock-solid image, the couple announced in early 2001 that they were separating due to career conflicts.
Trivia random: Scored an IQ of 132+
Citazione random: "It was by chance that The Hours (2002) came along. Was I in a place where I could say, I'm going to go to England and make this? Yes. Could I do that earlier, when I was married? No, I couldn't travel like that. We had a thing where we couldn't be separated for more than two weeks. So that made a lot of work just not possible. Which was fine by me."
Nome di battesimo: Bishop, Eric Morlon
Data di nascita: 13 December 1967
Altezza: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
- Damage Control (2007) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Dreamgirls (2006) .... Curtis Taylor Jr. [attore]
- Miami Vice (2006) .... Det. Ricardo Tubbs [attore]
- Jarhead (2005) .... Sgt. Siek [attore]
- Stealth (2005) .... Lt. Henry Purcell [attore]
- Breakin' All the Rules (2004) .... Quincy Watson [attore]
- Collateral (2004) .... Max [attore]
- ESPY Awards (2004) (TV) .... [scrittore]
- Ray (2004/I) .... Ray Charles [attore]
- Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) .... Stan 'Tookie' Williams [attore]
Jamie's mother, Louise, was an adopted child. When her marriage to his father failed, his grandparents, Mark and Estelle Talley, stepped in and, at age 7 months, adopted him too. He says he had a very rigid upbringing that placed him in the Boy Scouts and the church choir. During high school, he played quarterback for his high school team and was good enough that he got press in Dallas newspapers. He studied music in college. He released a music album in 1994, "Peep This" and sings the theme song for his 1999 movie, Any Given Sunday (1999). However, in 1989, his life changed when a girl friend challenged him to get up onstage at the Comedy Club. In fact, he says he took his androgynous stage name because he learned that women got preference for mike time on open stage nights. That led to his being cast in "Roc" (1991) and "In Living Color" (1990) and ultimately to his own WB network TV series. He has a daughter, Corrine, born in 1995, who lives with her mother.
Trivia random: February 2004 - Pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace in a plea deal involving previous charges of battery against a New Orleans policeman in a casino last April. He received two years probation and a $1500 fine.
Citazione random: After six hours of being blind, you lose the sense of how a person is physically. It was amazing to hear the little buzzing voices all around you. [On wearing prosthetic eyelids which made him blind in _Ray (2004/I)_ ]
- Tom Cruise .... Vincent
- Jamie Foxx .... Max
- Jada Pinkett Smith .... Annie
- Mark Ruffalo .... Fanning
- Peter Berg .... Richard Weidner
- Bruce McGill .... Pedrosa
- Irma P. Hall .... Ida
- Barry Shabaka Henley .... Daniel
- Richard T. Jones .... Traffic Cop #1
- Klea Scott .... Fed #1
One night in Los Angeles, cab driver Max Durocher picks up a gray-suited man named Vincent. Vincent offers Max a large sum of money to drive him to five locations around LA before the night is up. Max accepts, but realizes that Vincent is a hitman who has been hired to kill five people that night. Max is forced to drive Vincent around the City of Angels, unsure if he'll live to see sunrise.