Ricardo Tubbs is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy, as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett [to the untrained eye, his presentation may seem unorthodox, but procedurally, he is sound] is charismatic and flirtatious until - while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group - he gets romantically entangled with Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one - especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves. Written by
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. Colin 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 that Farrell was never in any danger; he was to be told the next morning during a debrief. See more »
In the final dash to port in the "Go-Fast" boats, the boat nearer the audience has its bow navigation lights reversed. See more »
Although there were no opening credits in the theatrical release, the Unrated Director's Cut contains credits over a new sequence that opens the film. Once the credits are done, the film begins in the nightclub scene that opened the theatrical version. See more »
"Miami Vice" is a very exciting filmfrom start to finish
Michael Mann presents the city of Miami as attractive, engaging, alluring, sensual and also dangerous
This is a story about being undercover, and what happens when you go deep undercover, particularly if you're doing an operation in a foreign country, where your badge doesn't count and where you can't have a SWAT team surveilling you, and people are not in contact, you really are out on the edge
Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) have to act, talk and walk like bad guys They have to convince a mid-level trafficker, the Colombian José Yero (John Ortiz) that they are not cops So they have to adapt themselves and change themselves to play the role they're trying to play It's all the impulses in their personality with the volume turned up and the inhibitions turned off
"Miami Vice" is not about one commodity, cocaine, and one geographical location, Columbia It's about globalized forms of trafficking Los Angeles to Port of Prince, to Guajira Peninsula, to Havana and, naturally, to Miami Crockett and Tubbs had to deal with major narcotics traffickers that act as brilliant businessmen, at the upper echelons of command and control, sitting in luxurious houses, eating the best foods, driving the best cars
Mann has, wisely, taken the format of the show presenting two cops confronting wealth and power after the death of one informant and the killing of his whole family
As police drama go, "Miami Vice" does exciting things when Yero jacked one of the two Miami cops' people The film is impeccable, especially in the last 30 minutes, when the police decided not to initiate until they've got Yero's shooters in their sights
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