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Published:August 19th, 2006 05:23 EST
Review: Miami Vice

Review: Miami Vice

By Garrett Godwin

1984 was beginning to be the resurrection of NBC.  Besides the birth of Thursday night comedy beginning with The Cosby Show, the network scored another hit with a series that combines the sights of Miami, fashion, the buddy cop genre, and music video likeness during the height of MTV.  The series was Miami Vice.


From 1984 to 1989, the show starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, two detectives that battles crime and corruption in Miami while looking good doing so.  Miami Vice became a Friday night favorite and a classic, mostly due to Johnson.  His trademark consists of stubble, wearing a pastel suit and shoes with no socks, which struck a chord with men everywhere.


Now, 22 years later, Crockett and Tubbs are back-- this time on the big screen in the updated version of Miami Vice.  The movie is written and directed by the series' executive producer Michael Mann.  Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx step into the roles of Crockett and Tubbs, who is known to the criminal underworld as Sonny Burnett and Rico Cooper.  In the film, the duo works with the FBI to take down an international drug czar.  But things get complicated for Sonny when he becomes involve with the target's businesswoman (Gong Li).  Also, his partner Tubbs has got something going with Trudy (Naomie Harris) -- who's on the right side of the law and is part of the unit Crockett and Tubbs are in.


This Miami Vice is darker, more violent, gritty, intense, has little humor, serious, and even sexier.  The plot is hard to follow, but it makes for a good summer popcorn movie.  The movie is incredible, amazing, and is shot reality-like, just like 2004's Collateral, another Mann movie also with Foxx.  The ending may leave you confuse, but I recommend that you see this movie.


Once you do, you realize that this isn't our parents' Miami Vice; it is ours. 


Tagline: No Rules.  No Law.  No Order.


Rating: 4 stars