Man on Fire (Blu-ray)

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Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington ignites a masterpiece of mayhem in this "powerful" (Los Angeles Times) action-thriller. Hard-drinking, burned-out CIA operative John Creasy (Washington) has given up on life - until his friend Rayburn (Oscar winner Christopher Walken) gets him a job as a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning). Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim his soul, but when Pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is released and he will stop at nothing to save her.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206209531
UPC 024543435457
UPC 14 00024543435457
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/8/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Children
Friendships
Justice
Kidnapping
Political
Revenge
Theatrical Release
Violence
Editors Note
Note 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 children of Mexico City's wealthy. A man of few words and many secrets, Creasy initially balks at Pita's attempts to befriend him, but soon a bond grows between the precocious child and this lonely man who is tormented by his past. When Pita is kidnapped despite Creasy's valiant attempts to save her, he will do anything to bring all of those involved to justice. His fury unravels a net of almost unimaginable corruption and greed in the process. Director Tony Scott (TOP GUN, CRIMSON TIDE) builds the relationship between Creasy and Pita in the first half of the film in order to justify Creasy's violent actions in the latter half, and in the process he does a fine job of keeping the film's tension consistently high.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "[Fanning] turns Pita into a delightful, distinctive, self-possessed individual, likely the most mature youthful presence we'll see on screen all summer." 04/21/2004 p.C1
USA Today "[The director] gives us solid chemistry between Fanning and lead Denzel Washington, plus a more complex than expected characterization by Radha Mitchell..." 04/23/2004 p.7E
Chicago Sun-Times "We're absorbed by Washington's character." 04/23/2004 p.33
Uncut "MAN ON FIRE explodes with some beautifully orchestrated mayhem that's driven by a cast of fully realised characters." 11/01/2004 p.147
Wall Street Journal "Tony Scott directed this revenge fantasy from a sharp-witted script by Brian Helgeland." 11/12/2010
Directors
Tony Scott
Actors
Dakota Fanning
Denzel Washington
Cast & Crew
A.J. Quinnell - Based On Novel By
Benjamin Fernandez - Production Designer
Brian Helgeland - Screenplay
Chris Seagers - Production Designer
Christian Wagner - Editor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Dakota Fanning - Actor
Denzel Washington - Actor
Giancarlo Giannini - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
Hector Romero - Art Director
Lance Hool - Executive Producer
Marc Anthony - Actor
Mickey Rourke - Actor
Paul Cameron - Cinematographer
Rachel Ticotin - Actor
Radha Mitchell - Actor
Tony Scott - Director
Tony Scott - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2243547
UPC 00024543435457
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 146 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Nominee (2005) Image Award, Denzel Washington, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Man on Fire, Outstanding Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's open season for vigilantes. With Kill Bill Volume 2, The Punisher, and Walking Tall already out there, Man on Fire is entering a crowded marketplace...When you line up Uma Thurman, Thomas Jane, The Rock, and Denzel Washington, Washington comes out the clear winner when it comes to both box office appeal and acting chops. So it's no surprise that Man on Fire represents the best of this crop of revenge movies...Man on Fire is a remake of a 1987 film starring Scott Glenn. Not having seen the earlier film or read A.J. Quinnell source novel, I can't compare this version to the other incarnations, but, standing on its own, this is a solid motion picture and a better-than-average example of a revenge flick. By concentrating on the emotional impact rather than the pyrotechnics, ammunition, and action/thriller elements, this comes across as an effective piece of drama, and it doesn't cheat us with a Hollywood cop-out ending.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review In a near-reprisal of his violent Training Day role, Denzel Washington brings the same intensity to Man on Fire, playing yet another good cop/bad cop rolled into one--this time, more good than bad...In part, Scott seems drawn to the tradition of the slow-simmering kidnapping thriller a la Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much. But he's also a visual-minded stylist who's fascinated by the same edgy film tricks that Steven Soderbergh used in Traffic: multiple cameras, odd angles, sped-up and slowed-down shots, rotational shots, skip printing, cross-processing, and film reversals that saturate the frames with strobe-light bursts of grainy color. It all adds a stylish intensity and creates a surreal atmosphere that the The Punisher, another 2004 violent revenge film, could have used.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Washington,Denzel
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Ian Freer, Empire ...terrific fun.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News Man on Fire, with a best-ever Denzel Washington, is the first (nonreligious) sure thing to hit the multiplex this year.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer...a slick, big-budget, A-list production...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...superb craftsmanship and a powerful Denzel Washington performance...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...very compelling, and it offers a commanding star vehicle for Denzel Washington.

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