All member reviews for Collateral

Common Sense Media says

Powerful but violent thriller -- not for kids.
 

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(out of 8 reviews)
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Adult Written byGoodGuy April 9, 2008
 

Why make this movie?

Ok, a view into the life of a hit man can seem like an interesting concept - but why? Why devote hours of your life to learn about the scum of society. The movie is pretty boring and Jamie Fox's character never hits the right moment and stands out as a real hero. He just seems like a incapable sort of loser. I guess I wonder why people whould pay money to people who produce "downer" movies or movies that glorify the lowest forms of life like the also terrible movie "monster" or "pulp fiction". Why make pseudo-stars or heros of characters who are killers & murderers. Eventhough these characters eventually get theirs, they are still given much more mindshare than people who are actually doing good things in the world. What does it say about us when good dosen't sell? Especially for teenagers, these movies carry no redemming qualities. As a pure escape only, it was just ok.
Adult Written byfritzsky April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byaidenconvict April 9, 2008
 

A must-thriller if you like Tom Cruise or Jamie Foxx.

Overall, I was very satisfied with this movie. I did not expect much out of it at first, but it turned out amazing. It is rather simple in a way and might be too slow for some people to watch. This is NOT appropriate for any child younger than 14. There is constant use of foul language. There is also alot of shooting, which can get mildly graphic, such as a shot in the head. But overall it was worth the watch.
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn April 1, 2012
 

A ultra-gritty thriller for older teens+ only

One of Michael Mann's better films, Collateral works fairly well as a urban action film, filled with some absolutely sensational nighttime Las Angeles cinematography, which Michael Mann is known for. The camera work is easily the best thing, with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise's performances right behind that. Jamie Foxx works well as a ordinary veteran L.A. taxi cab driver who is forced to the limit, and Tom Cruise burns up the screen with his searing performance as a cold, calculated hit man who could care less about which person he kills. Together, they form perfect chemistry, and keep the film going. But, on the other hand, the script is rather dull, and filled with countless moments of filler, just to make the film longer to a 2 hour running time, which already feels rather long, and as they keep adding more and more side characters, including a cop played by mark Ruffalo, the film begins to steer down a path of dim precision, getting rather tiresome when it should be revving you up and thrilling you out of your seat. Still, the movie is Rated R, and here are the parental concerns: There is plenty of strong violence, including several public gunfights where several people are killed, and many others are shot during the course of the film, often with lots of spurting and spraying blood. Also, there is frequent strong profanity, including many uses of f--k, sh-t, hell, g-dd-mn and a--h-le. So, it may not be Michael Mann's best movie, but it is certainly better than a lot of other movies that he has directed as of late. Reccomended.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old August 16, 2015
 

Fantastic, Though Incredibly Violent, Action Flick

A very underrated movie, with great performances by the actors. And the setting is incredible. But woah, you need some stomach to handle this. Throat slits, shootings, car crashes, all with the ultra-violent result. The movie has many scenes of peril, which might scare those who are younger then 16. Oh yeah, I forgot, swearing as well. But for those mature children who are able to handle this or the teens, really, you gotta watch this. You are not going to see another one like it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bysarge123 January 24, 2015
 

Beautiful cinematography, exciting action and great performances! Suitable for 15+

There's a lot of gun violence, but only mild-to-moderate amounts of blood. When someone gets shot there's usually just a puff of dust/smoke, not much blood. The bloodiest moment in the film occurs when a main character is shot in the shoulder, and a significant amount of blood sprays out. The character is not seriously wounded though. One intense car accident with some blood on the windshield. Language includes moderate usage of the f-word for dramatic impact. Some mature 14 year olds could handle it, but it's best for 15+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski December 5, 2012
 

Good premise, good acting, good film

An excellent thriller with great characters and scenery.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byBestPicture1996 August 9, 2010
 

Brilliant thriller

Tom Cruise should've won an Oscar for his villainous role as Vincent, but the fact Foxx got nominated for his great role as Max, the quiet driver who's let his drive by as well. Vincent says some truly powerful lines, such as the film's closing line, and it literally had me at the edge of my seat, heart racing as cliche as it sounds.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing