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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. Perhaps justified though, as Foxx was nominated for Best Actor for Ray in the same year, this avoided nominating him twice in the same category.
    • 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 head 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 Moment Of Awesome: This for Max, and for Vincent, the attack on Target #4.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Draco in Leather Pants - Vincent, if the fanfic's 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Wait for it...Vincent. He's played by Tom Cruise, after all.
  • Fridge Logic: A previous case involving a cab driver who apparently "went crazy" shooting several people in a single night, then killed himself, is implied to show Vincent's intentions re Max. But since all the hits are related to the same case, it's unlikely the police would believe these deaths were the result of Max going crazy.
  • 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, its Vincent.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The famed "briefcase shootout." Vincent draws, and then fires five aimed shots, in 1.5 seconds. (Even more terrifying: that was not CGI, that was not a stunt man, that was not slo-mo. Tom Cruise trained for that scene and then performed it real-for-reel.)
  • 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.

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