The review that appeared on the internet a while back was surprisingly positive and we had begun to hope that maybe the lack of updates from Universal was not a sign of things to come. The latest two reviews, however, seem mixed on the final outcome of Mann's rehash of the franchise.
Miami Vice Reviews
I have constantly been telling people that pink is the new black -- mainly because my collection of pink clothing has grown -- but it seems the other way around in Miami Vice. Instead of daunting bright flower shirts and white slacks the two characters prefer to look grayscale; just like the poster.
Substance places a distant second to style in the big-screen version of "Miami Vice," which sees respected filmmaker Michael Mann returning to the scene of the crime series that so effectively defined a decade.
Gone are the pastel threads and the night-soaked neon that played such a big part in the show that was born of NBC Entertainment chief Brandon Tartikoff's simple yet wildly successful "MTV cops" concept.
In its place is a darker, grittier creature that, while benefiting considerably from Dion Beebe's HD cinematography, is a frustratingly inert affair -- a long and talky excursion that fails to engage the viewer from the outset.
"MTV cops" was the note scribbled by the late NBC exec Brandon Tartikoff that famously inspired "Miami Vice," and while the music and color palette have changed (black, it seems, is the new pastel), writer-director Michael Mann has refreshingly revived the series largely intact. Unlike most TV-to-movie transitions, Mann returns to his roots and delivers what amounts to a slightly overblown episode, brimming with style and characteristically short on substance. As such, pic doesn't feel dated, but the question lingers whether young guys who were infants when the show expired in '89 will queue up for the ride.
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Miami Vice comes to theatres this Friday, July 28th.