One of Tom Cruise’s best movies is about to hit Netflix

Tom Cruise is probably best known in the mind of the average moviegoer for blockbuster franchises like Mission Impossible Y top gun. But, like many actors, he too has put in some impressive performances over the years that don’t get the credit they deserve. One such example, in my opinion, is new to Netflix this week: it’s Collaterala 2004 thriller directed by Michael Mann, in which Cruise plays a terrifying silver-haired hit man named Vincent.

Jamie Foxx is the other lead actor here, playing an ordinary cabbie named Max who is ordered at gunpoint by Vincent to take him around Los Angeles over the course of a long night. Vincent has several kills to complete, and Max inadvertently provides the wheels.

What’s new on Netflix this week: Collateral

Collateral arrives on Netflix on Thursday, September 1, one of what is already shaping up to be a packed month of new releases on Netflix.

The film is also like Michael Mann: macho, nocturnal and noirish, with a live criminal sadist as well as explosive gunfights that will make your heart pound like a jackhammer.

One of the most memorable scenes lasts only a few seconds, maybe 10 or 15 total (here from memory). It’s the “Yo dude, is that my briefcase?” scene, when a couple of nervous losers steal Vincent’s briefcase (containing material he needs to kill him) from the back of Max’s cab. Vincent had walked away briefly, out of frame.

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In the span of, like I say, about 10 seconds, Vincent, with both hands up, waits until one of the two soon-to-be-dead assailants holding a gun approaches at point-blank range. Vincent then coldly knocks the gun out of his hand and in the same motion reaches behind his back to draw his own.

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He then eliminates the two men in a hail of bullets. Before, in fact, either of them has had the opportunity to unload their own weapon in what is perhaps one of the best, if not the best, instances of technically proficient gun handling ever captured on film.

Rotten Tomatoes ratings

Overall, the movie is electric, menacing, and… well, damn, now I’ve made up my mind to want to watch it again, given that it’s one of the new releases coming to Netflix later this week.

If you’re curious what others have said about the movie, Collateral it currently has a pretty solid 84% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s based on more than a quarter of a million user ratings on the review aggregation site. “A strictly directed game of cat and mouse showcasing one of Tom Cruise’s brilliant but rare villain performances,” reads one of the most recent reads.

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