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08-02-2006, 12:42 AM
It's snowing in Miami again - and Columbia, Haitti, the Dominican Republic - there's quite a little and literal jet set in this movie.

Pretty nice cars, decent women, hot planes and speed boats, and bad guys you love to hate.

Who's seen this one and what do you think?

I liked it a lot. Today, Miami Vice reminds me of "The Shield: light."

BTW, I never recalled a relationship between Ricco Tubbs and Trudy on the show. Do you?

Gina didn't say too much but she sure kicked butt with an assault rifle! That look she gave makes you wonder if she has a thing for Crockett?

Castillo was originally a Latino, now replaced by a black dude. He was good in his part though.

The tragic ending to Sonny's romance was all a lovely homeage and cliche attributable to the original series.

I was surprised how the movie just started - no credits, no teaser like the show - and no original Jan Hammer theme song. I was waiting to hear that original theme music.

The shoot-outs were pretty good and pretty realistic (especially the sound effects).

I could watch this more than once. You?

08-02-2006, 12:44 AM
My buddy Dave & I saw it sunday night. I thought it was complete crap. I wrote a review about it on my blog that sums up my feelings. Enjoy. :D

"Miami Vice"
Is nothing sacred these days? First, we get a remake flick of "Bewitched" and that's been followed by "King Kong" (which was amazing, i say!) and now we have a big screen adaptation of "Miami Vice." The problem is: how do you take a campy *** 80's TV show which was known for its slacks, shoes (no socks!) and Don Johnson (what was that other guys name?) and turn it into a serious crime thriller? The movie, directed by acclaimed director Michael Mann. is plagued with issues from the beginning. The TV show was a blast to watch as it never took itself seriously and that was the great part of watching it. The movie on the other hand, takes itself way too seriously and we, as an audience, never really have any fun. Sure, there are explosions (oooooh, aaah!), fast boats (nifty.), guys with guns (not the Gorillaz song, that's "Kids with Guns"), lovely ladies (yay for no personalities!), and a plot so shrouded and pointless that even Tolkien would be like, "Wait, what?" There seems to be no chemistry between any of the characters. Colin Farrel and Jamie Foxx are just on screen, each one looking just as smug as each other, with hardly any sort of actual "acting" going on. Simply put: it looks like they're forcing out a watermelon from their anuses. They just don't show any sort of real anguish or even any chemistry to each other. You can look at movie characters and see how they interact and look out for each other: Sam & Frodo, Wayne and Garth, Maximus and Juba; hell, even R2 and Threepio, Eric Draven and the Crow, and even Chuck Noland and Wilson, the volleyball, had more onscreen prescence than Farrel and Foxx. It was almost as if they just two random *** actors who had no sort of chemistry as partners and matched them up. I'm beginning to think that maybe they weren't officially cast as their roles and maybe just had their names pulled out of a hat. The plot is roughly that Tubbs and Crockett are forced to go undercover to expose a drug ring and seek out a mole who ratted out their operations. It just feels really kinda "meh" and it goes absolutely nowhere. However, the question is: is this flick entertaining? After all, it IS summer and audiences seem to come out in droves for pointless action? The answer: no, it's not really entertaining. The movie clocks in at just a shade over two hours long and here is the breakdown: 1 hour, 45 minutes of yapping, boats, druglords talking, etc. and 15 minutes of action. The entire film is an exercise of cliches: partners in trouble, one who falls for the bad girl, one who has a loved one/friend in peril. It brings nothing new to films and Michael Mann is capable of so much more. Do yourself a favor: skip this flick and go rent "Heat" or "Collateral." Those are two GREAT Mann movies that show off his talents not only at action, but at CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Dave and i were talking about this on the way back: what else can Hollywood possibly come out and try to remake for the silver screen? "Martin Scorcese's 'Gilligans Island: The Three Hour Tour is over" and how about, "Tim Burton's 'Alf Returns' or let's go really great and have a big screen adaptation of "Mr. Belvedere" and hey, let's have him be a serial rapist or something? I mean, you gotta adapt things with hte times: he could use myspace to track down his victims. In closing: don't see this movie. Go listen to Don Johnson's album or something, it'd be less painful. -Rating- ** out of ****

08-02-2006, 02:00 PM
I'm sticking to my guns and avoiding this garbage because I don't have the patience for Colin Farrell. The guy probably couldn't even act in a porno movie. I have such a strong hatred for him after that Bullseye nonsense in "Daredevil".

08-02-2006, 04:20 PM
I have heard of a bunch of people that walked out on it, so I definitely don't plan on seeing it.

El Chuxter
08-02-2006, 05:17 PM
Wow! I was dissing this until I saw Mann directed it. I was actually considering watching it until reading the comments here. Thanks for saving me the cost of tickets, y'all.

08-02-2006, 05:33 PM
i liked the television show. i won't see the movie version. it loses something. well the movie never gains anything.

08-02-2006, 07:03 PM
I like pretty much everything Michael Mann does, and I loved the original series, so it's a real bummer to read and hear so many things about how bad the film sucks.

And no Jan (pronounce "Yahn"...he's Czech) Hammer theme?! That's the worst news I've heard yet. That theme rocked! Being a Mahavishnu Orchestra fan, I'm a Jan Hammer loyalist.

Dumb questions:

- Do Crockett and Tubbs still use the phony Burnett and Cooper undercover names in the film?

- What kind of car does Crockett drive? Better be a Ferrari.

- Do they have a cool speed boat?

- Does Crocket carry that nifty Browning .45 and Tubbs the double-barreled shotgun?

In other words, are there at least a few cool fanboy moments?

08-02-2006, 09:33 PM

REad at own risk!

Dumb questions:

- Do Crockett and Tubbs still use the phony Burnett and Cooper undercover names in the film?

Yes. Sonny uses the Burnett name and I think Ricco uses the Cooper name.

- What kind of car does Crockett drive? Better be a Ferrari.

Of course. A black one.

- Do they have a cool speed boat?

Several actually - and a jet plane and a cargo ship.

- Does Crocket carry that nifty Browning .45 and Tubbs the double-barreled shotgun?

They opt for assault rifles in this film - Semi-auto M-16's or something. It was dark and hard to tell. They do have handguns of course. I didn't pay attention to what they were using. Tubbs kills the main badguy with his main weapon though - and it's a heck of a great (and bloody) shot!

In other words, are there at least a few cool fanboy moments?

Yup. But it needed the Jan Hammer theme! I kept waiting to hear that.

They did play "In the Air Tonight" however- but it was in the credits and redone by another (raegae?) artist other than Phil Collins, though he was credited as the song's writer.

08-03-2006, 12:02 AM
several of my friends saw it, not together. three of them walked out - and only one of them has ever walked out on a movie before.

i guess that's some kind of acheivement for michael mann, no?

08-03-2006, 09:21 PM
This post has SPOILERS

Well dang, I feel like I have to go see it now. Thanx for the scoop, Tycho.

08-03-2006, 10:30 PM
Does saying it probably blows count as a spoiler?

08-03-2006, 11:11 PM
Hey, along with Superman, which I also thought was mediocre, I may see Miami Vice a second time.

SirSteve should chime in on this thread. He's from Florida.