I'm not up to a full review, this time. Besides, this is the kind of flick that lends itself well to quickies.
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"Miami Vice" is, quite simply, a movie about two cool, but very competent Miami/Dade County police officers on a big-time assignment. You really don't need to know any more than that.
And you certainly don't need to know about, have seen, or even remember the television show that inspired the movie.
* the "functional" tone
* the (platonic) chemistry between Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell
* strong supporting cast
* Miami, as a story character
* excellent balance of action drama and dramatic silence
* special effects
* physically fit male leads (helps me buy that they can kick ass)
* one or more predictable plot points
* mildly unpleasant message, at the end
* big jowl-ed police superior acts competently but looks like a bulldog
I did not want to see this movie, at first, but my lady did. I'm glad I acquiesced. We enjoyed it a lot.
It took a quick second to adjust to the tone, but doing so was effortless. Michael Mann wrote, directed, and co-produced this flick and I must say that he did a damned fine job of it.
Among other things, I had casting concerns, but they were firmly laid to-rest, at the beginning of the movie. The nit-picker in me had a problem with the male leads' facial foliage, but their performances were on-point. Farrell may have worked a little too hard on his American accent a time or two, but it didn't ruin the film, by any means.
You'd expect a movie like this to be over-sensationalized, but it really wasn't. Not too much music and not too much posing.
Toss in deftly composed and sparingly applied special-effects and Mr. Mann's stock continues to grow. We saw effects we'd never seen anywhere else before.
I'll take an action movie like this one, any day of the week.