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Michael Mann United States, 2004

Warren Spratley's rating of the film Collateral

Mann buys into genre, into its narrative mechanics, its situational archetypes, its clichés. He wholly accepts an established form which, unlike Godard, he has no interest in deconstructing. Mann instead wishes 2 establish a tranquil dialogue between genre & his own aesthetic principles which gravitate toward a quiet void, toward an overwhelming sense of night, cityscape. His digital maneuvers are without parallel.