Miami Vice is a hugely underrated and misunderstood movie, and to be frank I can understand why. For old Miami Vice fans it bears no relation to the TV show other than location and character names. For it's potential new audience, it was advertised in trailers as something that it wasn't. The trailers featured many scenes that never made it into the movie, much of them appear to be action based. Naturally, some movie goers would therefore have been disappointed that the end result may not have been what they were expecting. I left the cinema after watching this movie with a fairly mixed reaction.
It wasn't until I got this film on DVD and subsequently Blu-Ray, that I really appreciated how good it was. Although on the face of it this movie may not appear to be like the TV show at all, in several key regards it is. The style of the movie from the Music, the scenery, the cars, suits, women, drug dealers, to the action, this film is spot on in terms of Miami Vice style, merely updated to the 21st century. The storyline isn't exceedingly strong, but then again there were only a handful of episodes in the TV show that had strong storylines. The TV show was labelled as being a key definer of the phrase 'style over substance', and in this regards the movie is spot on.
I love watching the scenery in this movie and also the music is just fantastic throughout. Some of the action is really very very good, although it comes very few and far between. The acting on the whole is ok, with some great characters. Colin Farrell is spot on as Crockett. Jamie Foxx I believe however is a key weak link in the casting. His performance is lazy and uninspiring.
Overall, for all those people who went to the Cinema to see this and came out disappointed, I implore you to watch this movie again. This movie get's better the more you watch it. Also, with regards to the Blu-Ray quality, it's stunning and makes the film even better to watch!