Evocative neo-noir about a kind-hearted taxi driver in Los Angeles (Jamie Foxx) and contract killer Vincent (Tom Cruise) who instructs him to search out a few people on a hit list. The two slowly build a rapport in this stylish suspense thriller with its uncanny look.
Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans stands as one of the director's greatest achievements. It is a symphony of light and sound, featuring some of the director's most hypnotic vistas and kinetic sequences. It is also one of his purest love stories, between Nathaniel (Daniel Day-Lewis), the adopted white son of a Mohican warrior, and Cora (Madeleine Stowe), an English general's daughter.
Before Hopkins’ Hannibal, Peterson’s CSI, and Farina’s Law & Order, there was Mann’s Manhunter. Beyond its 1980s neon green titles and synth score, the film's incredible set of images recall the visual triumph of even the silent era. In pursuit of a serial killer, Graham (Peterson) draws on extreme powers of empathy to enter not the killer’s mind, but his dreams. This threshold between reality and fantasy, between Graham and Dollarhyde (Noonan), coalesces for the film’s characters in sheets of glass, while it is made manifest for the audience on the screen, where Mann’s images rebound as carefully constructed symbols.
Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx pick up where Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas left off as the fast-living guys Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, undercover agents in Florida. Michael Mann did not want to come up with a clone of the TV series that made his name in the 1980s. Instead, he went for a cold-blooded, hyper-stylised and rawly realistic thriller. Yet even while it largely vanished into the cultural ether after its release, Miami Vice has acquired a considerable cult gravitas over the years. In a 2008 Filmcomment interview, French screen icon Catherine Deneuve described a change of heart on seeing the film for a second time:
On the last day of school, Michael (C. Thomas Howell) receives an anonymous love letter. Hoping it’s from popular girl Deborah (Kelly Preston), he decides to send her a love note as well with the help of his best friend, Toni (Lori Loughlin). But these letters end up in the wrong hands, causing confusion for all who read them. Can true love triumph over the chaos and unite the real secret admirers? Dee Wallace, Leigh Taylor-Young, Fred Ward and Corey Haim are among the fine supporting cast.
A highly skilled jewel thief, Frank (James Caan) longs to leave his dangerous trade and settle down with his girlfriend, Jessie (Tuesday Weld). Eager to make one last big score in order to begin living a legitimate life, Frank reluctantly associates with Leo (Robert Prosky), a powerful gangster. Unfortunately for Frank, Leo wants to keep him in his employ, resulting in a tense showdown when he finally tries to give up his criminal activities once and for all.