Tom Cruise is one of the most well-known entertainers working today, and Top Gun: Maverick, his latest movie, is doing exceptionally well at the box office. The actor will play Ethan Hunt for the seventh and eighth time since 1996 in two additional Mission: Impossible movies, which are now in production. He has also received three Academy Award nominations during his career for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. Not to mention fan favorites like Interview with the Vampire, Edge of Tomorrow, and timeless movies like Rain Main and Eyes Wide Shut. The list is endless, but there is one movie that is occasionally overlooked. Michael Mann, a renowned filmmaker, directed Collateral, which was released in theaters in 2004. Jamie Foxx, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, also starred in the film. The movie currently rules Netflix, 18 years later.
After Love in the Villa, Me Time, I Came By and This Is 40, Collateral is now ranked as the fifth most popular movie on Netflix. You can read the Netflix synopsis of Collateral here: “Guy offers to pay cabbie Max $600 to take him after they pick him up. When Max learns that his fee is a killer, the lure of quick money evaporates.” Along with Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Klea Scott, Paul Adelstein, Peter Perg, Bruce McGill, Irma P. Hall, Barry Shabaka Henley and others, the thriller was written by Stuart Beattie.
Mann recently drew attention for the publication of Heat 2, a novel that acts as a prologue and sequel to his 1995 cinematic masterpiece starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Mann claimed in a recent interview with Empire Magazine that the book was “absolutely designed to be a movie” from the moment he first thought of it as a novel.
Mann said, “It perpetuates itself in the culture. “It’s well known. I could fool myself into thinking the whole world knows this, but considering how prominent it’s been on home video for over 20 years, this idea has a lot of staying power. People are still watching it and discussing today. has a name. It resembles the Heat universe in certain ways. And that certainly supports an ambitious movie.”
As for Cruise, he still stars in Top Gun: Maverick, which has already grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and has quickly become Paramount’s most successful film. The film’s digital distribution this week alone made it the best-performing first-week title ever.