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Miami Vice Review


I went to see the Miami Vice premiere Wednesday with a friend and man was I surprised! Iíll admit I didnít care much for the TV show, so I was expecting very little in terms of this movie. Iíd seen the trailer but I didnít think too much of it either. I was expecting a cheesy retro 80s flashback to rolled-up sleeves and shoes with no socks, but instead got to see a very stylish and gritty cop show.

The movie starts out with Sonny (Colin Farrell) and Rico (Jamie Foxx) working a sting on a pimp who uses a nightclub to solicit business. Just as they are about to bust the bad guy, they get a call from an old informant who tells them that his cover is blown and the meet he set-up tonight is going bad. Sonny calls the FBI but itís already too late. The FBI guys get blown away and very quickly Sonny and Rico are forced undercover to find out what went wrong and to set things right. The story gets a bit muddled here and the original bad guys (white supremacists) disappear and are replaced by a Columbian drug lord and his cronies.

Fortunately, Michael Mann deprives us of cheesy 80s clothing and style and instead updates everything for the 21st century. Hot new cars, boats and planes are used every few minutes, as well as plenty of high-tech firepower. While the story stumbles in the middle, the action sequences are excellent (they kind of reminded me of Heat Ė a Michael Mann classic) and the acting is very good. Farrell and Foxx are worthy replacements for Don Johnson and the other guy. There are also plenty of ruthless, unsavory chaps and beautiful ladies to round out the cast.

It was much better than I expected and I think it should do well. If this was called anything other than Miami Vice, I expect it would be considered one of the best cop/buddy action movies in the past several years. Because of the title, some people will go in expecting to see a cheesy copy of the TV show and might come away disappointed, but donít let the title deceive you, itís a good movie and well worth seeing in the afternoon to escape the summer heat.

  

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Added: July 27th 2006
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