Re: RARA-AVIS: Still on Collateral

Date: 29 Dec 2004

Just in case the movie hasn't already been spoiled for anyone who hasn't seen it:


John wrote:

"it's evident upon a second viewing that the hitman has no intention of letting the cab driver live at the end of the evening."

I caught that the one time I saw it. If the hitman prides himself on no one knowing what he looks like, he'd never leave a cabbie alive to identify him. Also, one of the cops (was it Ruffalo?) mentions early on that a few years ago, some cabbie went on a killing spree one night, then killed himself, strongly hinting that he does not buy that explanation. So Cruise was keeping Foxx alive to be a fall guy at the end of the night, not because he didn't know LA (and frankly, wouldn't getting to know LA be a part of a pro's prep?). Of course, that's ridiculous, opens a whole new set of problems, from the one I already mentioned -- his mother's not going to mention the guy who was with her son when the cops inform her of his death? -- to why provide an explanation in the first place? If he's leaving no evidence, why worry about what he cops decide? Doesn't that call more attention to the hits than no explanantion would? And wouldn't the cops have to be unbelievably stupid to accept that all of the victims of a berserk cabbie just happened to be associated with a high profile case? AND that the cabbie had the knowledge and skills required to get to them all?

"with that in mind, it's fascinating watching the hitman play the cabbie throughout, allowing him hope."

That was the appeal, seeing the shifting relationship between the two actors, and what carried me past the inconsistencies while watching. Have no desire to see it again, though.


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