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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Powerful but violent thriller -- not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent, with constant tension and peril and many graphic shoot-outs. Many people are killed. Characters use very strong language, drink and smoke, and there are references to drugs and drug dealing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Vince's ability to compartmentalize. He says he did not kill one of the victims, "the bullet and the fall killed him." Notice the way that Vince is always to the left of Max except in one scene. Which scene is that and why? What were Max's options? What is the meaning of the title? Who or what serves as collateral?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Throughout the gruesome cat-and-mouse game being played by Vincent and Max in Collateral, there's something psychologically, dramatically and even sociologically interesting going on.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Monday, August 16, 2004


- David Ansen, Newsweek, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: If Collateral is all formula, it's polished to a fine sheen.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, August 6, 2004

Audience Reviews

4 stars

One of the best films by Michael Mann.

- fb100002359227440, Sunday, April 1, 2012

3 stars

Good cast with a chemistry. Both believable in their roles. Good narrative however I found the end unsatisfactory.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Wednesday, May 25, 2011

4 stars

A very well written film that really puts Michael Mann in the spotlight as the director. But it's hard not to notice the brilliance of the script. Everything was pitch-perfect in that aspect. A thrilling ride that just does not stop, and continues to get better and more exciting with each contract completed by a menacing Tom Cruise. This is definitely one of his better roles. Enjoy this suspenseful, tightly-wound script and movie. You won't be disappointed.

- fb100001048934982, Saturday, April 23, 2011