Collateral is a 2004 crime thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. It was directed by Michael Mann and written by Stuart Beattie. It was Mann's first feature film to be shot mostly with high-definition cameras. Mann had previously used the format for portions of Ali and for his CBS drama Robbery Homicide Division.
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Nightshift cab driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) drives U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell (Jada Pinkett Smith) to her office building to spend the night preparing for a pending federal grand jury drug indictment case convening the following day. Annie takes a liking to Max, leaving her business card as he drops her off. Vincent (Tom Cruise) a former CIA operative hails the cab next, explaining he is in town for one night closing a real estate deal and bribes Max with US$600 on the pretense of chauffeuring him to his five appointments. As Max waits at the first stop, Vincent enters an apartment complex and shoots drug dealer Ramone Ayala. Ayala unexpectedly falls out of the window directly onto the cab, forcing Vincent to reveal himself as a hitman. He coerces Max to hide the body in the trunk and continue with their arrangement.
On the way to the second stop, Max is pulled over by police due to the damage from Ayala's impact. The officers prepare to have the cab towed but are summoned to a higher priority call and abandon the cab seconds before they were about to discover the corpse in the trunk. Vincent then leaves Max tie wraped to the steering wheel in an alley as he murders attorney Sylvester Clarke in his condominium. Max calls for help from passers by but gets robbed and Vincent arrives back on the scene just in time to gun down the three thugs before they make off with his briefcase. He then brings Max to a jazz club under the guise of having a few drinks with club owner Daniel Baker (Barry Shabaka Henley). After the club closes, Max witnesses Vincent callously execute Baker when he incorrectly answers a question about jazz legend Miles Davis. Max suffers a panic attack, aghast at Vincent's savagery.
Next, Vincent insists they visit Max's mother Ida (Irma P. Hall) in the hospital to avoid breaking routine. He pretends to be Max's business colleague and develops a rapport with Ida which upsets Max to the point that he runs out of the hospital with the briefcase and tosses it off a bridge overpass onto the freeway below. With his hit list now destroyed, Vincent takes Max to a Hispanic nightclub and demands he go inside to obtain a backup copy from the contractor, lest he murder Max's mother. Inside the club, Max meets with drug lord Felix Reyes-Torrena (Javier Bardem) and successfully passes himself off as a hitman to acquire the USB flash drive containing details of the last two targets. Felix orders his men to follow Max, and should he fail, eliminate him. Vincent uses the cab's mount computer to direct Max to a nightclub called Fever and the fourth target; Korean gangster Peter Lim.
Meanwhile, LAPD Detective Ray Fanning (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers the connection between the three victims and reports his finding to FBI Special Agent Frank Pedrosa (Bruce McGill), who identifies them as witnesses for the pending indictment case against Felix. Pedrosa assembles backup to secure their final witness, Lim, and converges on the crowded nightclub simultaneously with Vincent and Felix's men. Vincent manages to execute all of Lim's guards, Felix's hitmen, and Lim himself. He slips out of the club amid the chaos of the subsequent gun fight. Fanning rescues Max and smuggles him outside but is killed by Vincent, who beckons Max back into the cab. Following their hasty getaway, the two get into a critical war for words that gets p
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