Two stars just for the club scene. It's like trying to blend the realism of Mean Streets with Mission Impossible. That's a lazy analogy, but basically the components here don't create a good fusion. Tom Cruise as some bad ass assassin is fine for movies like Mission Impossible, which blows, but in a movie trying to be taken seriously, it's counter-intuitive. The structure and tone make the same mistake.
Works as an adrenaline rush, and a metaphor for a triumphant revolution against 1st-world nations apathetic complacency of hypocritical morals that spawn eventual murder of the marginalized contained in their society and abroad. Foxx's journey from zero to hero over the bourgeoisie predator of Cruise is equated to the overthrow of an unfair ruling class towards a union with Pinkett's open-minded academic.
Stylish and engaging, this movie made me see Tom Cruise with a renewed appreciation for his talents and suave looks. Mann's camerawork is fantastic, I'm a sucker for this movie's cinematography and aesthetics, it's gorgeous. Ruffalo gets too little screen time for my taste. Lame soundtrack.
Tempted with 700$ a taxi driver very soon realizes that he is very much in the shit. He is forced to serve a killer during the night & "The Collateral Damages" take place one after another. The movie is a violent, charismatic, top-class thriller with constant tension. Intelligently constructed, aesthetically shot & with good dialogues. Michael Mann is back to the tradition of "Thief" & "Heat". Great actors.