Yes, it indeed started like any other night for Max (Jamie Foxx, remember his somewhat-similar situation in the Bait, his passengers, his 12 times-holidays-in-a-day dream, the tropical island and a limo service. That faithful night, he had both a victim played by Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe, of the Matrix Revolution) and the cold assassin, Vincent (Cruise), as his passenger. I really like the music, the background audio-beat of the movie; just as I like the music of The Italian Job.
The story began to take shape when Vincent got into Max's cab at the airport. He then coaxed him to drive him around LA for the night with about 5 stop-overs with almost double his normal earning. Vincent was on a contract cleansing spree of 5 witnesses to a particular Federal trial. He has to finish them that faithful night as they are appearing in court the next day.
Cool, professional gun shots from Vincent, and the changing, developing facet of Foxx, starting from a dreamer to a fighter; the movie is a cool one for any fan of thriller, drama and of course Tom Cruise.