I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but we are not limited here to current movies, we will talk about and rate movies from any and all time periods, genres and national origins. Today we go back to 2006 and the 1980’s when we look at Miami Vice the movie.
I am shocked that Michael Mann, maker of the great series that defined the 1980’s Miami Vice (Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas) directed the 2006 big screen version of the classic TV show. How could someone who created the original Manhunter (1986) fall from grace so quickly?
Not only were the performances by Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell so terrible that they should be arrested for bad acting, but I still don’t know what the movie is actually about—and I watched it several times to try and figure it out.
I know movies are a time for a break from reality, but this movie would have you believe Crocket and Tubs are some form of super cop, racing boats in the opening scene, driving Ferraris like Mario Andretti and then flying an Adam A500 twin piston engine plane— a rare plane (a little more than ½ a dozen were made) that is almost considered a light jet. I mean come on, choose one maybe two out of the three but that is it.
Miami Vice (2006) serves as the foundation of the dung heap, I wanted my two hours back and so will you.
November 30, 2009 at 9:02 am
Jeez – it wasn’t that bad or even simply bad. In my view it just wasn’t great. This was a movie made for a built in audience – guys old enough to have enjoyed the Miami Vice TV series, which by the way was just as unreal in its time as you claim the movie is for 2006.
I go to a movie to be entertained. I can’t worry about the fact that the plane they flew was so freaking unique that for it to be in the possession of a couple of Miami cops was totally unrealistic. It looked great on screen and that’s why you go to the movies.
If you want reality try Prince of the City.
Anyway, as usual in the movies – the cops with the gold shields are meant to be glamorous and larger than life. Real life policework is mostly tedious not exciting.
I have my own batch of cinematic good guys – you can read about on my blog here:
December 3, 2009 at 10:06 am
I don’t disagree with you in that movies are meant to entertain (as well as inform to a certain degree) my beef with the entertainment industry and TV in particular is that underlying stories seem to be progressively worse in terms of quality, content and originality. The “Block Busters” of today generally are who can spend the most money on special effects and the least amount on a decent story. It’s one mans opinion, what do you see as the overall trend in this area? And am going to check out your site as soon as I finish this reply. Thanks for the commentary-J.P.
December 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm
and now I agree with you… stories and character development are by the boards… everything now is a pumped up visual representation of a comic book or a cartoon.
I watch a good many Hong Kong, Chinese and Indian films to escape the Hollywood dream factory.
December 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm
Unbelievable, that is almost exclusively what I have been watching for about the past year or so–looks like our movie tastes may be more similar that what we (at least I) thought. For me this year’s great on (as you can see by the posting is the full version of Red Cliff–a little Woo goes a long way. It seems I am starting to tear through the Asian movie scene too. Any suggestions?