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Collateral - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

TOM Cruise shows no sign of letting up his blistering form of late, if the early buzz surrounding his next project is anything to go by.

Having earned himself considerable critical acclaim for The Last Samurai (but, curiously, no awards), the actor will be appearing in Michael Mann’s latest project, Collateral, before heading on to Mission Impossible 3, to be directed by Narc helmer, Joe Carnahan.

Taking place over the course of a single night, in Los Angeles, Collateral finds Cruise playing a hired killer, who kidnaps a cabbie (Jamie Foxx, of Any Given Sunday fame), and then forces him to drive him around to his appointments.

The film co-stars the likes of Mark Ruffalo (of In The Cut/My Life Without Me) fame, who replaced Val Kilmer, as well as established character actors, Dennis Farina and Javier Bardem (of The Dancer Upstairs, etc).

It will be directed by Mann, from a script by Frank Darabont and Stuart Beattie, and will be distributed by Dreamworks during the latter part of the year.

Darabont, of course, is still best known for his seminal work, The Shawshank Redemption, so it is obvious from the talent assembled, that this should feature among the year’s heavy-hitters.

For his part, Cruise has gone grey, looking older than in recent movies, as evidenced by the first on-line picture to be released from it (above).

Another of the co-stars, Jada Pinkett-Smith, who plays an Assistant Attorney on his hit-list, is deliriously excited, gushing praise for her fellow performers.

In an interview posted on the Z-Review, she describes Foxx as ‘incredible’ and Cruise as ‘a ball of sunshine’, adding: "He's just a ball of electricity and I really, really enjoy him. It's been a wonderful experience and I'm having a lot of fun."

On the strength of its cast alone, audiences look set to do the same.

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