Movies: The Hit Man Took a Taxi

It's one very dark night of the soul in Los Angeles in the stylish Michael Mann thriller Collateral

Max (Jamie Foxx) is the kind of cabdriver we all dream of hailing but never do. His cab is spiffy, and he knows the most efficient route to take us from here to anywhere and, to the minute, the time required for the journey. Besides that, he's polite, helpful and, despite a certain compulsiveness, not without a spiritual side. Trim, lightly bearded Vincent (Tom Cruise) is lucky to find him early on a noirish Los Angeles night.

Since Vincent has a number of "business" appointments to keep before boarding a 6 a.m. flight back to wherever he came from, he hires...

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