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Miami Vice (R)

Release Date: July 28th, 2006 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Gong Li, Naomie Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Barry Shabaka Henley, Luis Tosar, John Ortiz, Justin Theroux, Domenick Lombardozzi.
Directed by Michael Mann.

BASIC PREMISE: Miami detectives Crockett (Farrell) and Tubbs (Foxx) hunt down vicious drug lords.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Miami Vice fails to entertain on all levels with a muddled plot, no character development and poor, bland digital cinematography. When the plot doesn’t feel confusing, it feels redundant and drags—even during the pointless action sequences. When Crockett and Tubbs go undercover to track down drug lords, Crockett falls in love with one of the one of the enemies, Isabella (Li). Tubbs falls in love with Trudy (Harris), his colleague. Unfortunately, there’s not enough action, drama, suspense or romance to hold anyone’s attention. To top it all off, the dialogue is very stilted and occasionally difficult to even decipher the words coming out of the actors’ mouths. Miami Vice could have easily been a silent film and it wouldn’t have really made a big difference. You keep on waiting for this movie to get better and for the plot to finally make sense, but it never does come to that point. Writer/director Michael Mann has officially lost his mind with this incoherent mess of a movie just like Oliver Stone did with Alexander, which, coincidentally, also starred Colin Farrell. At 2 hours and 10 minutes, Miami Vice greatly overstays its welcome.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Boring, redundant, confusing and pointless.


IN A NUTSHELL: An incoherent, boring mess with no redeeming values whatsoever.


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