New York Times - 07/28/2006
"[M]ixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition....A dazzling Wagnerian spectacle....[Mann] fuses music, pulsating color and high drama....Frequently sublime."
Rolling Stone - 08/10/2006 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "If you're looking for a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge, MIAMI VICE is the one."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/04/2006
"Mann seizes the audience, all right....He stages a spectacular showdown..." -- Grade: B
Total Film - 09/01/2006 3 stars out of 5 -- "There's a classy but urgent verve to the scenes with Farrell and Foxx....Foxx is the cooler, more focused partner, while Farrell plays Crockett like a coiled spring..."
Ultimate DVD - 09/01/2006 4 stars out of 5 -- "MIAMI VICE is pure Michael Mann and a dark exploration of the war against drug dealers....The action is knock-out from start to finish."
Uncut - 10/01/2006 4 stars out of 4 -- "The cast are big enough for Mann's ambitions. Foxx commands attention with his stillness and intelligence, while Farrell's aura of sleaze fits Crockett better than any of Don Johnson's unstructured suits."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2006
"[The film] thrills for at least two thirds of its running time and establishes a look and a mood that's incomparable in modern US cinema."
Wall Street Journal - 07/02/2009
"Michael Mann's feature-film update of his 1980s TV series turns out to be terrifically entertaining..."
In 1984, director Michael Mann made television--and fashion--history with his action-packed, neon-lit crime series, MIAMI VICE. The series was a hit for five years, and became a cultural phenomenon that altered male fashion trends and glamorized the drug game. Now Mann, who has made quite a career for himself in Hollywood, with Oscar-nominated films including ALI, HEAT, and THE INSIDER, supersizes and updates his small-screen hit for the moviegoing public, crafting a sparkling, roller-coaster ride of a movie that is perfectly complemented by its bright colors and kinetic movement. MIAMI VICE follows the violent adventures of Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx). With Miami at the center of a global drug trade, their job of stopping illegal trafficking is hard and dangerous work, yet they are also rewarded with gorgeous girls and local celebrity. But their access to wealth, drugs, and power is tempting, and both men continually struggle with personal demons to stay on the right side of the law. From a frenetic opening scene at a nightclub to an undercover infiltration of a South American drug cartel, the action barely lets up. And when Crockett meets the irresistible Isabella (Chinese stunner Gong Li), the mistress of hotshot drug dealer Jesus Montoya (Luis Tosar), business mixes dangerously with pleasure, on dance floors and between sheets. As he did with the television show, Mann manages to make a guilty pleasure psychologically nuanced and politically charged--eye candy with depth. And despite the mesmerizing cinematography, the actors manage to be as striking as their surroundings, turning in strong, dynamic performances.
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