|“||Okay, look, here's the deal. Man, you were gonna drive me around tonight, never be the wiser, but El Gordo got in front of a window, did his high dive, we're into Plan B. Still breathing? Now we gotta make the best of it, improvise, adapt to the environment, Darwin, shit happens, I Ching, whatever man, we gotta roll with it.||„|
|~ Vincent to Max, explaining his motivation|
Vincent is the main antagonist of the 2004 action thriller film, Collateral. He is a professional yet sociopathic hitman employed by nefarious drug lord Felix Reyes-Torrena to kill four witnesses and the prosecutor within the case against him.
Vincent's mother died giving birth to him, while his father was an alcoholic who abused him until Vincent, then 12 years old, his father later died because of liver failure. Vincent later joined the United States Army, becoming a member of the Green Berets. Vincent did not progress much further in his career and eventually left the army.
Sometime after being discharged Vincent joined a Private Military Company, through which he obtained his contracts. Just prior to the beginning of the film, Vincent was hired by high-ranking members of what is implied to be the Sinaloa Cartel to assassinate four witnesses and the prosecutor for a grand jury indictment against Felix Reyes-Torrena, a member of the cartel operating the "El Rodeo" nightclub, a drug-distribution front in Los Angeles.
Appearance and Personality
Vincent is grey-haired with stubble. He wears a grey suit and tie with a white shirt; a minimalist outfit that was custom-made by "the best tailor in Kowloon" to be both fashionable and nondescript.
Vincent appears on the outside to be friendly and affable, although during his hits it becomes clear that he is a very cold, nihilistic individual who exhibits signs of sociopathy. Vincent is careful and a bit paranoid, preferring to accept his contracts and interact with his employers through middlemen. Despite his caution, Vincent enjoys improvising and takes pleasure in adapting to changing situations.
Vincent is an expert at handling firearms and hand-to-hand combat. He is also adept at blending into the environment, and is particularly able to improvise if a situation takes a turn for the worse.
Vincent arrives in LA when a taxi driver Max Durocher takes him for a ride, during this Vincent admit he didn't like Los Angeles very much. Max was shocked when a drug dealer Ramón Ayala falls down into the taxi and Vincent reveled himself as hit man hold Max as hostage to covered up Alaya's murder, during which he killed his targets include Peter Lim as Max watching helpless and feared his mother will be targeted by Vincent after that.
Max come to realized that Vincent's last target was Annie Farrell whom he had cruised. with escaped from police officer and he tried call her by telling about Vincent about to kill her at office. Though he successfully foils Annie's escape before cornering her in her office, Max manages to reach them in time before shooting Vincent to save Annie. Wounded yet alive, Vincent peruses the fleeing duo and eventually corners them on an LA train. This forces Max to face Vincent with a police gun, and the two instigate a gunfight with each other that culminates with both men running out of their ammunition. When attempting to reload, Vincent is revealed to be fatally wounded and he finally admits defeat by sitting down on the train awaiting for his inevitable death. Max joins him and the two exchange a final discussion before Vincent reflects on his earlier statement about a guy who died on the MTA and sorely questions him "Do you think anyone will notice". Shortly afterwards, Vincent stares at Max one last time before his head drops down, signaling his death. As Vincent dies, Annie joins Max and the two stare at Vincent's body before abandoning him on the train when they get off at the next station. The film ends with the train leaving with the deceased Vincent still inside it as dawn emerges.