"Man on Fire" is more than just a man on
I will admit right off the bat that I am a biased fan of Denzel Washington, but this film in all aspects is truly great. Based on the book by A.J. Quinnel about a kidnapping in Mexico City, Tony Scott directs a true excercise in great cinematography as well as the creative use of subtitles. But the greatest highlight is the between the bodyguard ie ex counter-insurgencie soldier John W Creasy (Denzel Washington) and Pinta (Dakota Fanning)both of them deliver strong leading roles that never lack to be convincing. The film is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes long, But the first hour is spent developing a relationship between Creasy and Pinta. This first hour is rather heart-warming but never at any point cutesy. After which Pinta is kidnapped and Creasy takes on a ring of kidnappers and crooked federales. The film is well acted to the end including two very impressive supporting roles from Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke. The film ends with a satisfying but not too complicated twist. Overral the combination of graceful action beautiful cinematography and stunning performances "Man on Fire" makes an excellent drama.
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