MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

In this thriller, a Los Angeles cabbie named Max (Jamie Foxx) picks up Vincent (Tom Cruise) for what he believes will be a routine fare. Vincent needs to make several quick stops throughout the city to conduct business and is willing to pay Max well for the exclusive use of his services during the evening. After the first stop, a bloody body falls from several stories onto Maxs cab. It turns out that Vincent is a contract killer. Vincents intent is to use the reluctant cab driver as collateral to aid him in this calculated shooting spree across the city. With LAPD and the FBI on their trail, Max makes several attempts to thwart Vincents progress. The suspense builds as the audience gets into the minds and motives of these two men during the rampage that takes place in one night. It is up to Max to find a way to stop the hired henchman from killing the victims on his list.

In Collateral, Max is basically a good, hardworking man. He is mentally manipulated and physically forced into a hostile partnership with Vincent. Vincents moral code somehow permits him to use people if he pays them and then to take the lives of others if he is being paid for it. He shows no emotion, no regret, no remorse. Vincent views human life as insignificant. To him, killing is simply a business transaction. Violence plays a big part of Collateral as people are systematically killed, but most of the story involves Max and Vincent talking as they drive around. Other than a couple of graphic scenes, the violence is not as gratuitous as it could have been. But repeated gunshots to the head, the handling of human cadavers and the excessive use of profanity all contribute to the demise of this films cinematic value.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (13) times mild (hell 1, damn 2); strong (-ss 7, a-hole 1, b-tch 2)

Obscene Language: Many (29) times moderate (cr-p 1, scr-w 1, s-cks 1); strong (f-word 10, BS 2, s-word 13, pr-ck 1)

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (G 1); strong (GD 1)

Violence: Many times mild (shoving and struggling, man is strapped to the steering wheel of a car, car chases, foot chases); moderate (hand-to-hand fighting, man is grabbed by the throat, mans leg is broken, gun held to a mans head, graphic talk about killing); strong (bloody dead man falls on the windshield of a car, cadavers are shown throughout the film, men shot in the head at point blank range, the graphic study of bullet wounds on dead bodies, a man is killed when his neck is snapped, a man is found laying in a pool of blood)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times mild (advertisements for hard liquor on cab car signage)

Other: Fully clothed women wearing miniskirts and tight shirts with bare midriffs dance seductively at a nightclub

Running Time: 127 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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