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BTDesign Award
Man on Fire (2004)

Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin, Mickey Rourke

Director(s): Tony Scott

Language: English

Genre: Action / Disaster

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John Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a lost soul. A former government operative, he has become an alcoholic nomad, searching for inspiration and redemption. An old friend (Christopher Walken) who lives in Mexico gets Creasy a job as a bodyguard for nine-year-old Lupita "Pita" Ramos (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of Mexican Samuel (Marc Anthony) and his American wife Lisa (Radha Mitchell). Creasy's primary job is to protect Pita from the kidnapping attempts that are an increasing menace to the chil... [Get complete synopsis]


Deril wrote on May 24, 2005, 6:20 pm
This was super! A must see. It was way better than I had thought. There is some real depth to these characters. Washington's character is 'lost' and feels his life is meaningless. He's a drunk etc...He is hired to protect the girl and through the cracks the beauty here is that she saves him (his soul anyways). These 2 form a very strong bond of love & friendship. Once Dakota Fanning is kid-napped, Denzel's character turns into a rutheless monster as simply as turning on a light switch. The scene with the guys hands taped to the steering wheel stands out for me, also the guy with the grenade up his ass.....nice touch!
motleymitch wrote on June 2, 2005, 4:02 am
I'm giving this a reluctant 3 star rating....the story, acting (particularly Denzel), and action were top-notch. No complaints. Denzel can do so much with so little.
My problem here is with the direction. Tony Scott should get out of music video school and give this film the visual treatment it deserves.
I was compelled by the plot and characters, but watching it was annoying. That grainy style, lots of jump cuts and fast-motion and voice-overdubs....what is this, 'The Ring'? There's 'style' and then there's 'showing off for no good reason except to throw in some quirky editing tricks'.
This was a long movie too. It was more like two movies...
The first half was his bonding with the girl and the subsequent kidnapping, and the second half was the hunting-down and revenge theme. Both were good, but an hour coulda been cut out of this pablum. It was about 1 1/2 hours into it before she even got kidnapped! And of course, the girl is alive at the end! I was convinced for the longest time that she was dead, and that was that, and he's out for revenge. But I should've known better...of course she'll be alive. It's Hollywood!
Anyways, if this was directed straight-forwardly, it would've gotten a higher rating. Still, 3 stars is nothing to sniff at.

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