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Miami Vice (Miami Vice)
U.S.A./Uruguay/Paraguay/Dominican Republic/Cuba/Columbia 2006

Opening 24 Aug 2006

Directed by: Michael Mann
Writing credits: Michael Mann
Principal actors: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Gong Li, Naomie Harris, Ciaran Hinds

Just when America had thought that Hollywood had finished capitalizing off television series nostalgia detectives Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) are back in action 2006 style in the new film Miami Vice. But surprisingly this version of Miami Vice is quite different from the 80’s television series on which it is based. In this much darker (yes, gone are the 80’s pastels) and grittier adaptation Sonny and Ricardo pose as drug transporters for the feds in order to attempt to nab an international drug cartel leader by the name of Montoya (Luis Tosar).

From here on the timeline of the film moves at warp speed. Despite the fact that Colin Farrell unfortunately bears a striking resemblance to Rob Reiner as Michael the Meathead Stivic of the 70’s sitcom All in the Family, Montoya’s lover and business partner Isabella (Gong Li) takes a strong liking to Sonny. By their second transport gig for Montoya things get way too personal for our police duo.

Miami Vice is full of action and intrigue and is entertaining, but unfortunately it moves so quickly the film almost feels like it’s over before it has even begun. And haven’t we gotten tired of TV nostalgia on the big screen? In this reviewer’s opinion developing the film in its own right rather than using the Miami Vice name to sell tickets would have made for a stronger film. (Shauna Keeley)

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