Miami Vice (2006)

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Two partners from the Miami police department go undercover to investigate a drug ring responsible for the deaths of their informant and his family.

The original TV show upon which this film was based was little more than a glossy, superficial and brainless excuse to show expensive sports cars, speedboats and girls in bikinis to an MTV style soundtrack. In this tradition this film succeeds greatly; the plot is unbelievably cliched and the soundtrack annoyingly conspicuous, but the visuals are very slick and it does entertain in a mindless popcorn movie kind of way. I think the main problem with this film is that it was directed by Michael Mann, and as such the expectation was for something with the subtlety and depth of Heat, but in retrospect I don’t think that was ever the intention.

As a result, I will give it the benefit of the doubt and say it is a somewhat disappointing but otherwise slick and efficient no-brainer.

6/10

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