Tom Cruise Month #3: The Firm, The Collateral

In the movie, Mitch Mc Deere (Tom Cruise) graduates from Harvard Law School with promising expectations in law. He then accepts a job offer from a small firm in Memphis, but faces a harsh choice as two Firm associates are murdered. He cooperates with the FBI and finds evidence that the Firm’s associates are guilty of overbilling.

The movie is directed by Sydney Pollack and casts Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Jerry Hardin, David Strathairn, Terry Kinney, Joe Viterelli and Dean Norris.

The movie is incredible! Even though that sounds a little bit overrated, the story is somewhat clear in its broad outlines, but mysterious on the specifics. Based on John Grisham’s novel, “The Firm” takes less than three hours to watch. By the end, in spite of Mc Deere’s gasping explanations when taking phone calls, I was a little bit confused about his tactic. However, this was not much of an issue since the form of the movie was successful even when its details were fuzzy.

When I saw the movie, I fell in love with the plot’s simplicity and complexity as well. The huge gallery of characters casted in it makes “The Firm” a convincing work of art. There are enough believable characters to give Mc Deere a credible world to live in. Nevertheless, some parts of the movie are perhaps better than the whole. The movie lacks an overall transparency, and is confusing on the last part. The movie is well paced and the cinematography, locations and soundtrack all merge to create a pleasant and thrilling film!

If you haven’t read the book, I’d recommend it. Hell any of Grishams I’d recommend – check out this list of John Grisham books. So many great ones. The Partner is another awesome one.


“Collateral” is basically a long chat between a killer and a guy who fears for his life. In the film, a cab driver, Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx), is working to make enough to start a limousine business, but is astonished by what he encounters. Vincent-Tom Cruise is a contract killer and Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) finds himself being his hostage

The film is directed by Michael Mann from Stuart Beattie’s screenplay, starring Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx. Other supporting actors are, Jada P. Smith, Peter Berg, Mark Ruffalo,Bruce McGill, Barry S Henley,Irma P. Hall,Klea Scott, Richard T. Jones, Bodhi Elfman, Javier Bardem,Debi Mazar, Emilio Rivera, and Robert Deamer

Collateral is a vastly entertaining, extensive cinematography, and explosive action full of high style film. This is a long prospect to come at the start of a thriller, but an excellent one, establishing two significant characters. The film is well worth viewing, more than the ordinary twists and turns. Although I do have to state that the ending might be hotly debated by most viewers – good or bad? Even so, you should go and see this one as Tom Cruise departs from the usual “good chap saves humanity” persona, and plays as a hit man who encounters an unaware cabdriver and makes him a component of his diversion plan.

It is a solid and riveting film, with a little bit of philosophy that is thrown in. The tale is enough to keep things from being fixed, as Cruise and the cabdriver debate ethics. The tension recedes and flows, then builds to a climax, only to rise all over again. The movie is so thrilling and exciting! You wouldn’t want to miss a second, let alone going for a restroom break.


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