Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Collateral (2004)

Collateral is a typical thriller/action film. It contains violence, guns, hit-men and is a very fast paced edited film.

Example 1: Opening scene, in the airport.
In this scene, Vincent (Tom Cruise) is shown behind crowds of people casually walking. He looks like a businessman dressed in a professional grey suit and black glasses. 
Jason Statham, also dressed smartly, is then shown exactly how Tom Cruise was shown, walking through groups of people.
There are jump cuts showing Tom Cruise and Jason Statham.
The music has a fast pace and also has a heightened and amplified sound.
The music suddenly stops completely as both men clash into each other whilst walking and drop their similar looking bags. They apologise to each other and have a casual conversation. The camera, at a low angle, shows the two bags and the men taking the wrong ones.
In my opinion, this was an amazing scene and shot perfectly. The idea of the bag swap and casual acting were both fantastic and enjoyable to watch.

Example 2: Max and Vincent are stopped by the police.
In this scene, Max (Jamie Foxx) and Vincent are stopped by the police as Max's taxi is damaged with a cracked windshield and blood on the roof of the car. At this point, the audience are aware of the dead body lying in the boot of Max's taxi and are intrigued to know if the police find the body or not. The fear and worry we see on the close up of Max's face causes the us to feel anxious. There is also a high angle of Max's face. This connotes the vulnerability of Max and the emotions which are running through his mind such as; fear, anxiety, uneasiness, concern, nervousness. It also shows the policemen's eye view of Max and the powerful position he is at. Vincent is behind him in the back seat where he is holding a gun. 
The music is very intense as Max is interrogated about the suspicious sites of his car. This causes suspense and tension.
The policeman asks Max about the blood stain on the roof of his car. The audience are now worried and excited to see what Max's reaction would be. He uses the excuse of hitting a Deer whilst driving. Max and Vincent are asked to exit the car while the policemen searched it. This part causes suspense as the audience are certain the police will find the body. The music is amplified and causes tension. However, right at the peak of the moment, the police are called for an emergency which leaves Max and Vincent safe and allowed to enter the car again. The audience are left relieved but shocked. The music is bought back to its normal very slow tempo.

Example 3: Ending - In building, Vincent is searching for his next assassination, Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith). Max informing her of Vincent and orders her to leave the building. Vincent chasing Max and Annie.

In the building the lighting is very dark which gives it an eerie effect. The shadows and outlines of Vincent and Annie's faces are quite creepy and reflects their actions of hiding and keeping quiet.
The music has a slow pace when Vincent is searching for Annie, but is also suspenseful. 
The props play a huge role in order to create suspense. While Max is warning Annie, the reception of the phone is very low. The camera shows a close up to the signal. Vincent is holding a gun which causes terror within the audience. 
The chasing scene is the most suspenseful part of the entire film. The music is extremely intense and jumpy. The editing has a very fast pace. There are jump cuts from Max and Annie to Vincent.
The music has a very fast tempo. This signifies a fast pace scene. The sound of the train gives the scene a better effect. It connotes tension and fast movement. 

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