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High-Octane, Steamy Police Thriller

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Release Date: July 28, 2006

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Gong Li, Naomie Harris, Ciaran Hinds, Justin Theroux, Barry Shabaka Henley, Luis Tosar, and John Ortiz

Genre: Police Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 108 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Michael Mann

Executive Producer: Anthony Yerkovich

Producer: Michael Mann and Jan Brugge

Writer: Michael Mann

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Content:

(BB, Pa, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, M) Strong moral worldview about destroying a murderous drug smuggling ring, spoiled by a couple loose ends and sexual immorality; 34 obscenities and one strong profanity; very strong action violence with some shocking shootings including head shots, other point black shootings with some blood spurting, police officer breaks bones of villains in combat, shootouts, despondent man steps in front of truck and movie cuts to truck smearing blood on the freeway, gangsters assassinate undercover cops, girls roughed up, and explosions; depicted fornication in three scenes, passionate kissing, gangster goes into bedroom with two women, and a couple steamy shower scenes between unmarried lovers; brief upper female nudity and rear nudity; alcohol use; smoking and plot involves undercover police officers trying to stop drug gang that has murdered some other undercover officers; and, some miscellaneous immorality, such as police officers lie to go undercover against a brutal drug smuggling operation, two discussions about being lucky and running out of luck, and some loose ends could have been tied up better, morally speaking.

Summary:

MIAMI VICE is a high-octane, grittier version of the famous television series, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell as two undercover police officers trying to infiltrate a Colombian operation that has murdered several undercover federal agents and an informant's wife. MIAMI VICE is an exciting thriller, but it leaves a few loose ends in its story and contains strong sexual content, brief nudity, foul language, and very strong violence.

Review:

MIAMI VICE is a high-octane, grittier version of the famous television series created by Anthony Yerkovich.

Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell star as Det. Ricardo Tubbs and Det. James "Sonny" Crockett, two undercover police officers working for the Miami police. One of their former informants, who is now working with the federal government, has been discovered and his wife kidnapped. When he learns of his wife's death, the poor man kills himself.

Tubbs and Crockett take over the case so that the feds can discover who blew the informant's cover. The trail to the drug smuggling operation leads to Colombia, where the detectives discover that the man behind the operation, Jose Yero, is only fronting for a big Colombian drug kingpin, Jesus Montoya, and his business-savvy, beautiful Chinese-Cuban girlfriend, Isabella, played by Gong Li.

Crockett, posing as a drug smuggler with Tubbs, secretly romances Isabella behind Montoya's back to get closer to the drug smuggling operations. Montoya trusts Isabella, but Crockett's cozy relationship with Isabella releases alarm bells in the mind of the skeptical Yero, who decides to take drastic action. This puts the whole undercover police team in danger.

MIAMI VICE follows some of the classic conventions of the police thriller, according to a template identified by Stuart Kaminsky in his seminal work published in the early 1970s, AMERICAN FILM GENRES. This template can be seen in films as wide-ranging as DIRTY HARRY, DIE HARD and 16 BLOCKS. Like the protagonist in the classic police thriller, the police officers in MIAMI VICE become emotionally involved with the criminal they are pursuing. Also, their pursuit of the criminal becomes an example of personal justice and revenge. Finally, both police officers' girlfriends are threatened, which increases their emotional stake in getting the bad guy and his henchmen. These themes are accentuated by the fact that the two male protagonists in MIAMI VICE are undercover cops who have to pose as drug smugglers to catch the real drug smugglers.

MIAMI VICE is an exciting thriller, with excellent performances, especially by Colin Farrell and Gong Li. It leaves a few annoying loose ends in its story, however. Dealing with a couple of those loose ends would have made the movie stronger and more satisfying, morally speaking.

Be that as it may, the movie has a strong moral worldview, spoiled by very immoral pagan elements, including steamy sex scenes and strong foul language. MIAMI VICE also contains very strong violence as Crockett and Tubbs battle the drug smugglers. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDEĀ® advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

MIAMI VICE is a high-octane, grittier version of the famous television series. Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell star as Det. Ricardo Tubbs and Det. James "Sonny" Crockett, two undercover police officers working for the Miami police. They and their team go inside a large drug smuggler operation that has just murdered several undercover federal agents and an informant's wife. Crockett, posing as a drug smuggler with Tubbs, secretly romances the Colombian drug kingpin's business-savvy, Chinese-Cuban girlfriend, Isabella, played by Gong Li. The kingpin's top henchman discovers, however, that Crockett and Isabella are getting too cozy. He takes drastic action. This results in lots of mayhem.

MIAMI VICE is an exciting thriller with realistic performances. It leaves a few annoying loose ends in its story, however. Dealing with a couple of those loose ends would have made the movie stronger and more satisfying, morally speaking. Overall, the movie has a strong moral worldview, spoiled by some immoral pagan elements, including steamy sex scenes and strong foul language. MIAMI VICE also contains very strong violence as Crockett and Tubbs battle the drug smugglers in the final reel. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDEĀ® advises extreme caution.