Collateral 4K Ultra         review by Bobby Blakey

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Tom Cruise might be more known for his Mission Impossible films and doing his own stunts these days, but throughout his career he has delivered a variety of iconic films and performances. In 2004 he teamed up with director Michael Mann for the action thriller Collateral co-starring Jamie Foxx, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, and Jada Pinkett Smith with blink and you’ll miss it appearance from Jason Statham. Now Paramount is bringing the flick to 4K Ultra for the first time, but does it hold up or will it miss its mark?

Collateral follows Max, a night-shift cab driver in Los Angeles. He's planning a limo company called Island Limos, but has been a cab driver for twelve years. One night, he picks up a passenger named Vincent who seems like another ordinary passenger, but when he drops Vincent off at his location and waits for him as asked, a body falls on his cab, and it becomes clear that Vincent is actually a hitman, and he's got four more stops to make.

I remember seeing this trailer and instantly being intrigued from not only the action aspect but the look of a grey haired Cruise. It’s a subtle change to his normal look, but one that I think added to the character in some simple way. Mann wastes no time getting us into the story and letting us know that we are in for a crazy ride. There is a ton of action here and some great banter between Cruise and Foxx that keeps you engaged until the very end. The rest of the cast are good as well, but this is the Cruise and Foxx show all the way.

This new 4K release looks great and takes the gritty visual style of the film a gorgeous sheen that stands out. In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including commentary, deleted scene, featurettes and more.

 

Grab your copy of Collateral available now on 4K Ultra from Paramount Home Entertainment.