Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Holiday watching: Collateral

From: Robert Wheaton (
Date: 28 Dec 2004


On 28-Dec-04, at 10:15 PM, Vince Keenan wrote:

> Stewart wrote:
> 1) prosecutors don't get hit in the US, and 2) Cruise already knew
> about
> her. She was the first target, and he had already visited the building
> looking for her at the start of the film. In fact Foxx only met him
> because
> he was coming out of her building after not finding her.
> #1 may be true, but that doesn't mean it could never happen. As for
> #2, I
> didn't interpret the film that way. I thought Cruise was at the
> building at
> the beginning of the film to get the lay of the land and to pick up
> the card
> key that would allow him to come back at night and make the hit when
> fewer
> people were around.

That was my understanding of it too -- indeed, I think that the Foxx character speculates something just like that when he is trying to warn the prosecutor.

But I think that Stewart's point was more to do with Cruise's earlier insistence that he needed to recover the files to find out who his targets were. If he already knew one of them, why make such a fuss and insist that Foxx go through the risky charade of pretending to be him? I think that there are a few possible answers to this. Firstly, he needed to know who the fourth target was. Second, he needed more information about the fifth target -- the workings of the building's security system, for instance. Third, he already surmised that Foxx's earlier customer was a young woman who worked in the prosecutor's building. Given that he needed Foxx's cooperation, why risk having him guess that that woman might be at risk?

These are mostly speculation on my part, and I guess that the film is a bit hazy on the finer points. But I don't think it needed to much suspension of disbelief to enjoy the superb atmosphere and, moreover, the wonderful evocation of LA at night.

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