Friday, August 04, 2006

Miami Vice

Miami Vice. Written and directed by Michael Mann (Universal 2006).

All of the actors are the right age. Colin Farrell is 30, an experienced police hotshot still in lust with undercover work. Jamie Foxx is 39, more reflective of the risks he and his partner are taking. Gong Li plays the love interest and she's 41! Even the two pieces of eye candy on the squad look like they've been around the block a few times.

There's no unrealistic casting designed to pander to a young demographic. No hunk with great hair borrowed from a prime time soap. No 22-year-old girl we're asked to believe is a forensic scientist. No Josh Hartnett.

Commercially, the film makers may pay a price for their casting. The opening weekend's gross was mediocre and, given the reported $135 million budget, the film is not on pace to gross its budget during the theatrical window.

Which means the next action movie by, for and about adults may be harder to make. At least without Orlando Bloom and Eva Longoria.


Blogger Dave Williams said...

Um, so you're wasting precious Thai time to watch bloated Hollywood movies based on crummy TV shows that have no hope of being good? For shame, for shame...

3:04 AM  
Blogger Paul Karl Lukacs said...

Time I have, David, oceans and galaxies of time.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to mentally prepare for next weekend's Thailand opening of "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties."

11:44 PM  

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