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Collateral

Just finished watching the Cruise/Foxx flick, Collateral. Pretty good movie, actually, though it falls into cliche at times. I liked the use of music. It felt fairly unique. For instance, I was a bit jarred both when Bach’s “Air” came on and when Audioslave’s “Shadow on the Sun” played. Hey, and a little “The Seed 2.0” by The Roots for good measure. A lot of different tunes.

I also remember early in the movie thinking that the city shots from the air were sublime. Really beautiful. Counterpoints were made later as the helicopters swarmed through the sky, but I think that angle could have been used more extensively. I was hoping for very high sky shots throughout the movie, expecting to see a chase viewed from the sky with a calm soundtrack underneath it.

Again, I say pretty good movie, but I kind of compare this to other summer action movies. Always a shorter yardstick. Looking back, we were treated to some pretty decent action flicks in 2004. We had Kill Bill 2, Sparta, Team America, The Bourne Supremacy, Collateral, Man on Fire (sorta), Spider-Man 2, Hero, National Treasure and Ocean's 12. And I still haven’t seen The House of Flying Daggers.