Ricardo Tubbs is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy, as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett [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, 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.
User Reviews: The finest film based on a television series since 1993’s "The Fugitive". Director Michael Mann’s birth-child of the 1980s is resurrected in striking 2006 fashion as the famed film-maker revisits the dark side of Miami ala Los Angeles in the contemporary classic "Heat". Detectives Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell get immersed deep undercover as they try to take down a sadistic drug kingpin (Luis Tosar) and a heartless middle-man (John Ortiz) who are trafficking narcotics and arms from South America to South Florida. Things get complicated real quick as nickel and dime people crumble under law enforcement pressures that directly lead to cloak and dagger situations for the film’s two stars. Farrell falls in love with Tosar’s Oriental wife (Li Gong) and dilemmas abound come to the forefront. Excellent in most every way, Mann dominates with his typical first-rate cinematography, gritty editing and that industrial rock/alternative clash soundtrack that gives the production a life and beat of its own. Foxx and Farrell are perfect in their roles and the screenplay has shades of brilliance splashed over its delicate canvass. Not for those looking for 1980s nostalgia, "Miami Vice" is a film that engulfs and tries to drown with its claustrophobic characteristics. Easily one of the top films of 2006. 4.5 out of 5 stars.