Miami Vice

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Colin Farrell, Justin Theroux

Directed by: Michael Mann

Produced by: Forward Pass, Universal Pictures

Distributed by: Universal

Genre: crime drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: January 28, 2007
Viewing Location: PPV Grade: D+
Summary: Woefully miscast.
Jamie Foxx as Tubbs? Colin Farrell as Crockett? WTF?!! This modern re-make of the TV classic assumably takes place well after Sonny and Rico have established their rapport and trust, but before Sonny's dementia; neither issue is discussed here. There is a new Ferrari, but you don't get to see it, as most of the film is shot in the dark. Plus, there's no "Vice" and very little "Miami" in the film; most of it takes place in foreign countries. The mental struggles, the deep episodes, the emotional impact of the TV series-- none of that is here. Foxx is too serious as Tubbs; Farrell is completely unbelieveable as Crockett. Plus, the plot makes little sense. It amounts to this: let's trap these guys and kill them, and let the big fish get away so we can have a sequel. Some of the shootouts are fun, and Elizabeth Rodriguez as Gina Calabrese is a definite improvement, but the rest of the cast is a disaster.  

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