Director Michael Mann is one of the first rate action directors around. In trying to revamp the 1980s TV series he produced, Mann creates a gritty procedural, which captures our minds with its attention to detail.
The film kicks off with undercover Miami detectives James “Sonny” Crockett (Colin Farrell, PHONE BOOTH) and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs (Jamie Foxx, COLLATERAL) on a case at a club where human trafficking is taking place. Then Sonny gets a frantic call from an informant named Alonzo Stevens (John Hawkes, ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW). Turns out a leak in the FBI has led to Alonzo being forced to sell out his partners to save girlfriend. FBI agent Fujima (Ciaran Hinds, MUNICH) recruits Sonny and Rico to find the leak while trying to take down drug dealer Jose Yero (John Ortiz, NARC). Yero is actually only the middleman for top dealer Arcangel de Jesus Montoya (Luis Tosar, TAKE MY EYES), who has his money laundered by his beautiful Chinese girlfriend, Isabella (Gong Li, FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE). Sonny and Rico uses contact Nicholas (Eddie Marsan, THE NEW WORLD) to get to Yero posing as drug transporters. The detectives’ team is made up of Rico’s girl Trudy Joplin (Naomie Harris, TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK AND BULL STORY), Gina Calabrese (Elizabeth Rodriguez, TV’s E.R.), Larry Zito (Justin Theroux, TV’s SIX FEET UNDER) and Stan Switek (Domenick Lombardozzi, TV’s THE WIRE).