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on October 11, 2006
As a big fan of the TV show - and this big screen adaptation - I am puzzled by the many claims the movie "bears no resemblance" to the series that inspired it. Obviously those who think this only watched a few episodes from the first two seasons. Mann basically distilled the core elements that make the TV series a continuing cult favorite - the brooding atmosphere, the sporadic violence, the corrupt officials, the tense sense of paranoia, the doomed romances - into a single, stand alone, epic neo-noir. By de-emphasizing the 80s fashions and pastel palatte (which fools a lot of people into mis-remembering the series as "camp" when it fact it was a cutting-edge, gritty cop noir) Mann has basically updated the concept while staying true to its roots. Crockett is still a lonely hothead, Tubbs is still the cooler, level-headed partner, Castillo is still a low-talking no-nonsense leader. True fans know even the fashions and tone of the series evolved with each successive season. Mann's initial take on the TV "Vice" - that its a hardboiled, stylish reflection of its era, not a nostalgia trip - is wisely retained in the new film. The show was never about Looking Back, it was about the Here and Now (which is now There and Then). So the movie is likewise set in the present, which is not the 80s. Otherwise, the movie is completely true to the heart and spirit of the series that spawned it, and Mann is in top form. This is not a remake, it's a continuation of the original concept.
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