Animalistic Character-istic (In Progress)
By: Dav I.D.
VINCENT —→ WOLF
Tom Cruise’s character Vincent has a ruthless, predatory nature that seems bound on instinct as much as efficiency. In combat scenes, such as this one, he shows these true colors:
His appearance, gray, and silvery hues in his suit and hair, as well as a certain facial scruff, express this as well. Beyond these suggestions of the wolf in him are the pair of wolves seen suddenly in the movie as Max is driving Vincent around. The wolves are traveling together- and it is by the end of the film we realize Max and Vincent could be a pair of wolves themselves; a subconscious dual instinct guiding them to survival and sticking together (Consider: Max indicating to Vincent there was a laser-sighted gun aiming at him in the above youtube clip possibly saves Vincent’s life. Max’s surprisingly threatening behavior picking up Vincent’s ‘kill list’ from Felix. In the film’s climax, Vincent’s instinctual choice of which subway to go to when chasing Max is the correct one, despite not seeing where Max went.)
OH DAE-SU —→ DOG
In this scene, Oh Dae-su approaches the first man he sees since his imprisonment:
He sniffs the man, and studies his human discovery with the motions of a dog. Ironically, the man is holding a poodle, and so Dae-su is acting more like a dog than the actual thing. Also, the stranger calls himself a beast, while Oh Dae-su is reeling in the richness of his first personal contact in several years. Oh Dae-su is later seen eating a squid alive, lacking basic table manners to say the least. And in first contact with a woman after his escape, while present in her apartment he has sexual urges and makes a brief effort to rape her- the way a dog would merely act on its desire to mate without contemplation, before being corrected. As Vincent has the instincts of a wolf in Collateral, Oh Dae-su has similar tendencies as a canine.