Miami Vice (2006)


“Luck ran out. This was too good to last. ” – Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two Miami detective are sent undercover to try and stop a group of Aryan Brotherhood drug dealers

My Take on it – As a kid during the 80’s, I was a big fan of the TV show Miami Vice and really enjoyed the way that the characters and story lines moves.

This film is a horrendous attempt to try and bring that idea to the big screen.

The story that they present here is quite tedious and boring and fails to find a way to stay thrilling and interesting along the way.

Colin Farrell is a fine actor, but he is far from being Don Johnson and the fact that his character isn’t as likeable as one would expect from the character of Sonny Crockett.

The plot of this film is extremely superficial and is filled with too many moments that are typical of these kind of police story lines which feel like fillers instead of trying to give us something more unique and enjoyable.

This, in turn, takes away so much from the story and makes things so much less intriguing to watch unfold.

Jamie Foxx is also a great actor, but he is wasted here in this role as Ricardo Tubbs.

His performance doesn’t do justice for this character and the film’s attempt to try and modernize the story fails to work and hurts things even more.

This film lacks the finesse and enjoyment of the TV show and is in turn a HUGE disappointment because it isn’t able to find a way to add to what was done in the past while building something new fr the future which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Really boring and tedious big screen adaptation of the fun TV show. Farrell is no Johnson and its quite clear to see that he doesn’t make this character as likeable as we would expect him to be. The plot is very superficial and is filed with lots and lots of standard moments that are used as fillers in films like this and that takes so much away from enjoying this movie.  Foxx also doesn’t manage to do his character any justice and their attempt to try and make the story more modern hurts things more than helps it because it lacks all of the finesse and enjoyment that the TV show was known for. This is a HUGE disappointment!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Mann had his actors train with real-life undercover law enforcement officers. Both Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell observed undercover operations from a safe distance. Farrell was told he’d learned so much, he was welcome to participate in a real sting operation. During the operation (caught on video, excerpts of which are shown in the DVD extra), guns were drawn and the officers identities questioned. Farrell reports being scared for his life. He spontaneously ripped open his shirt to demonstrate he wasn’t wearing a wire, an act the agent-in-charge later commended for being realistic, quick-witted improvisation. After suffering anxiety and insomnia that night, Farrell contacted the agent-in-charge and was told that the sting operation was staged, and he was never in any danger. He was to be told the next morning during a debrief. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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