Gun fight from Collateral explained shot for shot

Michael Mann's Collateral has one of the simplest and most startling shootouts in movie history. Even though it's short and unvarnished—every bullet fired in a single stationary camera shot interrupted only to see Jamie Foxx's reaction—actor Tom Cruise gets every motion just right.

In this video, Larry Vickers, a retired special forces veteran, carefully recreates the scene moment by moment, explaining the rationale behind each action. It's striking how much care Mann and Cruise took to get it right, given Hollywood's usual cartoon gunplay. [via]

Here's the original for reference:

(I also like how Collateral was shot digitally just as the technology matured, giving it a weird, evocative look that's reminiscent of both VHS and 16mm, and now seems perfectly mid-2000s)

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  1. I love Collateral. I find it to be an effective if a bit pulpy action thriller that has a unique sense of style that has been copied quite a bit. There are only a few movies I feel do a good job visualizing the chaos of action, especially as shaking the shit out of a camera became the norm for horror and action movies.

  2. Haven't seen Collateral yet, but I did get to see Heat recently. That gunfight in downtown was intense., but not near as intense has Pacino and DeNiro having coffee in the diner.

  3. Is "Neutralise two tweakers" assholese for "killed two people"?

    Beware the language of dehumanisation.

  4. It was a good movie. However, I find the promotion of this person's gun wankery a bit distasteful. What's up with that? If the guy is a gun enthusiast, that's great for him, but why give him a platform on boing boing? Do we all need to be prepared to engage in "gun play" as well? DO NOT WANT.

  5. Because I found it interesting.

    Think of it as a deleted scene from The Big Lebowski.

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