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Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Edition)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Colin Farrell as Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett
Jamie Foxx as Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs
Li Gong as Isabella
Luis Tosar as Arcángel de Jesús Montoya
Naomie Harris as Det. Trudy Joplin
Elizabeth Rodriguez as Det. Gina Calabrese
Justin Theroux as Det. Larry Zito
Ciarán Hinds as FBI Agent Fujima
Barry Shabaka Henley as Lt. Martin Castillo
Domenick Lombardozzi as Det. Stan Switek
Isaach De Bankolé as Neptune
John Ortiz as José Yero
Eddie Marsan as Nicholas
Ana Cristina De Oliveira as Rita, Female Bartender
John Hawkes as Alonzo Stevens

Special Features:
Miami Vice Undercover

Miami & Beyond: Shooting on Location

Visualizing "Miami Vice"

Behind the Scenes Featurettes

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Mann

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell go deep undercover in the explosive, action-packed Unrated Director's Edition! When detectives Ricardo Tubbs (Foxx) and Sonny Crockett (Farrell) are asked to investigate the brutal murders of two federal agents, they find themselves pulled into the lethal world of drug traffickers. From the acclaimed director of 'Heat' and 'Collateral' comes an exclusive motion picture experience you won't want to miss!"

"Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Cut)" is not rated. The theatrical version was rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content.

Mini-Review:
If you're a fan of the TV series "Miami Vice" then you may be disappointed to find out that the movie has little to do with the show. Besides featuring white and black cops, fast boats, hip music, and a Miami location, this movie has no real connection with the TV series. Actually, it is written and directed by Michael Mann, so it has that in common, but little else.

Unfortunately, I was quite bored by "Miami Vice." I found the story to be slow and uninteresting. I never really cared about the characters. As much as I like Colin Farell and Jamie Foxx, I didn't like either of them in their respective roles. Their performances consisted of mainly looking cool and acting tough. I particularly didn't buy the romance between Sonny and Isabella. Why would the wife of a drug kingpin fall for a slimy supposed drug runner? His charming moustache?

"Miami Vice" was hailed as another great Michael Mann crime drama, but it honestly didn't do anything for me. I didn't see the theatrical version, so I can't compare it to this unrated version. But I'd suspect that this version has a bit more blood and nipples than the original.

As for the DVD bonus features, there's a pretty good selection. "Miami Vice Undercover" discusses the script and the idea that this was a story about cops going deep undercover. "Miami & Beyond: Shooting on Location" details how they shot in Paraguay in hazardous and real conditions. "Visualizing Miami Vice" talks about Michael Mann's detailed pre-production process using location photos. Then there's a batch of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that cover real undercover agents, firearm training for the actors, the fast boat used in the film, and other cool stuff. You also see how real undercover agents tricked Colin Farrell into thinking he was on a real undercover drug deal. The bonus features are rounded out by a Feature Commentary with writer/director Michael Mann.

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