many ways this is the perfect role for Cruise - very subdued. I
like Cruise when he is subdued, it's when he's jumping on sofas
and whooping I don't like him much. Thankfully there's not much
whooping in this movie, which is just as well because if he were
to jump up on the sofa a dense cloud of talcum power would probably
come out of his hair."
is it with gray haired villains that attract me so?"
Jamie Foxx do the stunt driving in this movie? If so, he's such
a talented individual, if not what a lovely toothy smile!"
how lovely Los Angeles looks when it is completely dark."
rich red and yellows of our hero's taxi serves as a poignant contrast
to the black, white and dulled yellows of a bedarkened Los Angeles
past bedtime. Clunked safely behind the door of what he might reasonably
expect to be his sanctuary of safeness, Foxx, our taxi driving hero,
becomes entangled in the nasty business of a madman with an exemplary
work ethic out to do some killin'n'stuff. A classic white vs black
slavery Hollywood subtext with the blacks, ultimately, winning after
a period of disgraceful domination under the gun, accompanied by
delicious music and the banging of guns."
don't get me started on the name of this movie. I wanted to call
Tom Cruise, gets killed after a period of Halloween type can't shoot
this sucker downedness. Presumably Jamie Foxx's character goes on
to start up his limo company after all... or at least get one of
those taxis that has a bullet-proof separation between driver and
me oh my, Tom, you naughty man! Everyone's, at least at one time,
favorite hero is not a hero in this movie in the slightest. Neither
does he play the bad guy who finds the good way at the end of the
movie neither, no sir, he plays a bad guy who can't stop getting
some of Tom's fans will undoubtedly rush to his defense, presumably
saying something akin to 'the people he kills in this movie deserve
it'. That may or not be the case, one doesn't want to judge, but
that aside he is terribly rude to everyone's favorite black actor-rapper
since Will Smith, Jamie Foxx. Jamie wrestles with his conscience,
along with the steering wheel, throughout, but whilst ultimately
he succeeds in opposing his oppressor, it is a long and tortuous
a landscape, and particularly the 'look what's zipping by through
the windows' perspective, Los Angeles looks rather spiffy in this
movie, most of which is filmed at night. The movie is nicely tight
with a wonderful soundtrack.