Michael Mann tries to take us back to a couple of characters many watched in the 80’s. Unfortunately, he is a better TV director than a movie director and it shows. Grainy film footage stitched in with many scenes shot with hand held cameras make for a jittery ride. The film is long with little guessable story; your typical cookie cutter two part special.
Unlike the endear-able Crockett and Tubbs of the past, we are exposed to a macho duo who are too easily swayed by their circumstances. Mann did succeed however in exploiting his new theatrical venue by including an indulgent amount of sex, violence and language which is common in today’s typical R-rated fare. All in all, nothing new for anyone to see in this movie.
Take my advice and go out and rent or buy the Miami Vice TV series. Both season one and two are available on DVD.