Vice, Miami style

KATHMANDU: The television serial was made famous by the suave Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas and epitomised the ‘80’s cool. Now you get to watch Miami Vice on the big screen with none other that the Hollywood hunks of Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx taking over the roles of Johnson and Thomas in this silver screen remake by Michael Mann.

Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy (Naomie Harris), as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) (to the untrained eye, his presentation may seem unorthodox, but procedurally, he is sound) is charismatic and flirtatious until — while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group — he gets romantically entangled with Isabella (Gong Li), the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one — especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves.

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