Written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, Miami Vice is as an adaptation of the 1980 TV series of the same name. The TV show Miami Vice was known for its stylishness. The movie, Miami Vice is a crime film in which Mann has given a strong emphasis on character, performance and on visual style.
After a tragic security breach in the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF), the FBI asks help from the Miami authorities, who are not part of the compromised group. The assignment is given to the vice squad detectives James "Sonny" Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs (Jamie Foxx). The debonair and smart Tubbs lives with Bronx-born intel analyst (Naomie Harris, the British actress). James "Sonny Crockett is a charming and flirtatious guy.
As the team works together they realize that a high level leak led to the murder of the undercover federal agents and an informant friend's family. As they start investigating the case they reach the doorsteps of the ferocious killers from the Aryan Brotherhood and a sophisticated network of globalized traffickers protected by world-class security.
As they work undercover, transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify the group behind the murders, Sonny Crockett falls in love with the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drug trafficker Isabella (Gong Li, Chinese actress).
The intensity of this 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.
Crockett and Isabella get a bit more time on the screen than the other characters. They jet off to Cuba in a phallic speedboat called Mojo to dance, drink mojita cocktails and enjoy having romance with each other.
The movie slows down as it starts focusing on the romance between Crockett and Isabella.
The ironic feature of the movie is that despite the name of the movie, the filming does not take place in Miami nor does it has anything to do with the vice squad.
The action leaps around Latin America - Haiti, Cuba and Paraguay. And there's plenty to look at: isolated jungle retreats where drug lords live in majestic lounge and darkened nightclubs where carefully selected music electrifies every glance. At various points, speed boats glide over shimmering night waters, and several scenes take place in some very spacious showers.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Gong Li, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris, Ciaran Hinds,
Genre: Crime and Drama
Director: Michael Mann
Producers: Michael Mann, Pieter Jan Brugge
Writers: Michael Mann