Man on Fire (2004)
|Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington ignites a masterpiece of mayhem in this powerful (Los Angeles Times) action-thriller about sweet redemption...and savage retribution.|
Hard-drinking, burnt-out ex-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 unleashes a firestorm of apocalyptic vengeance against everyone responsible.
Editor's NoteJohn 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.
Cast & Crew
|A.J. Quinnell - Based On Novel By|
|Arnon Milchan - Producer|
|Brian Helgeland - Screenplay|
|Christian Wagner - Editor|
|Lucas Foster - Producer|
|Paul Cameron - Cinematographer|
|Tony Scott - Director|
|Tony Scott - Producer|
Customer Reviews of Man on Fire
Just an OK movie5/3/2012
The story was just ok at best which is actually based on a book. Denzel Washington acted very well and looked awesome. However, some of the dialog of the movie were not captivating. I watched it movie once and that's it-wouldn't bother watching it again. Overall, It is a good action/drama movie.
"Man on Fire" is more than just a man on10/7/2004
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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