YMMV / Collateral

  • Award Snub:
    • An odd example. When Jamie Foxx was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, a few people protested that he should have been considered the star of the movie, and that Tom Cruise only got top billing because he's better known. Another reason for Foxx getting campaigned there was because he was the frontrunner to win Best Actor for Ray that same year, and the studios wanted to avoid potentially splitting the votes for his performances.
    • There's also the matter of Cruise not getting nominated at all despite being highly praised for his performance.
  • Badass Decay: Vincent goes from being a cold-calculating hitman who can perform the improbable aiming feat mentioned below to a simple thug with a gun when he goes after Max, a common cabbie. Since the movie didn't want to have a The Bad Guy Wins ending, they suddenly gave Vincent a course in the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy. Possibly justified since Vincent has been shot in the ear right before the climactic chase, causing him to undergo something of a villanous breakdown. In the final shootout on the MTA train, Vincent's trained, straight shooting ends up hitting the part of the metal door between the two windows, whereas Max's untrained, relatively chaotic shooting ends up penetrating the windows and (eventually) hitting Vincent.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Draco in Leather Pants - Vincent, if the fanfics are to be believed.
  • Evil Is Cool: Vincent dresses himself in some badass threads, is dangerously efficient as his job (case in point), has a fairly extensive knowledge of jazz, and is pretty friggin' handsome. But as the film goes on, it's shown how a empty and messed up he is.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Wait for it...Vincent. He's played by Tom Cruise, after all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Javier Bardem plays the man who hires Vincent, and would himself eventually go on to play and win an Oscar for one of the most iconic and frightening hitmen in cinematic history.
  • Funny Moments: Vincent tripping over a chair.
    Vincent: [after Vincent and Max load a corpse into the cab's trunk] Let's go.
    Max: Hey, why don't you just take the cab?
    Vincent: Take the cab?
    Max: Yeah, you take it. I'll - I'll chill. I'll - I'll just chill. They don't even know who's driving these things half the time anyway. They never check or anything. Okay... so... just - just take it. You, me...
    Vincent: You promise not to tell anybody right?
    Max: Yeah... yeah... yeah... Promise.
    Vincent: Get in the fucking car.
    Max: If you just...
    Vincent: Get in the car.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The famous briefcase scene. Vincent draws, and then fires five aimed shots, in 1.5 seconds. (Even more terrifying: that was not CGI, a stunt man, or slo-mo. Tom Cruise trained for that scene and then performed it reel-for-reel.)
  • Ho Yay Shipping/Foe Yay Shipping - Vincent/Max is a popular pairing in fanfic. Someone might have been banking on that when it came to the trailers.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Oddly enough, Vincent has shades of this. His childhood wasn't the most pleasant and his final moments before he dies are shown in a sympathetic light.
  • Love to Hate: Sensing a pattern here? If not, it's Vincent.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Considering all the other examples on this page, is it any surprise that some fans wanted him to win in the end?
  • Signature Scene: The briefcase scene, due to Cruise's outright scary speed and efficiency he uses to take down some thugs.
    • The nightclub, thanks to the music and chaotic usage of colors.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Max. He goes through a lot of shit in the movie, and who knows how he is at the end even if he did take a huge level in badass. Thank God he befriended a prosecutor because all the shit he did in the movie is probably gonna land him in some legal trouble.