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Man On Fire

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7.72 h 26 min2004X-Ray18
In Mexico City, a former Marine swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.
Directors
Tony Scott
Starring
Denzel WashingtonDakota FanningChristopher Walken
Genres
DramaActionSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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Twentieth Century Fox
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2231 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Hooper's CigarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A bullet always tells the truth
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Most modern movies suffer from crazy editing, all over the shop camera work and characters doing dumb things. Which, y'know this one does in spades... however, for all its annoying twerks its still one of the finest action flicks to come out in many a year.

Hard-drinking ex-CIA operative John Creasy (Denzel Washington on stellar form) has seemingly given up on life. Tired of all that unsavoury killing business, he's down on his luck and generally in a bit of a huff. To ensure we don't blink and miss, Creasy sports a beard and some unkempt hair - which as we all know is Hollywood shorthand for 'badass in career meltdown'. Thankfully, hope is around the corner when he's hired to bodyguard 9 year old Pita (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of wealthy businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony) down Mexico way. Creasy reluctantly accepts the gig and is at first hesitant to connect to the little girl, but slowly he begins to reclaim his soul (cue a trip to the bathroom for a clean up and five minutes with his Bik) through his interactions with her and the family... however when Pita is kidnapped, Creasy taps back into his old persona in order to bring her back... no matter the cost.

The late, great director Tony Scott ensures this one gives its audience major bang for their buck. Brian Helgeland's adaptation of the A.J. Quinnell novel (previously filmed in the '80s with Scott Glenn in the title role) is both streamlined and passionate, giving the game cast much to chew on: From Washington's broken down hardman to Fannings' innocent, this one offers the viewer an actual action flick with characters to care about... its a weird one, but you find yourself actually caring about these guys amidst the bullets and explosions.

Twentieth Century Foxs' UK Blu-Ray release is a fine effort with solid audio and a blistering transfer, backed up by multiple extra features (the 'Vengeance is Mine' documentary is a doozy) that cover the film's production along with audio commentaries, music videos and theatrical trailers. All in all, this is certainly a five star disc for a five star film - highly recommended.
21 people found this helpful
D DeaconReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sad but gripping
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Violent and nasty yet heroic and sad. The contrasts are many. People in a shadowy world of drugs, prostiution and murder require sane people who meet them on equal terms of intent to controla and stop them. Creasy is such a person. Outside the law necessarily so. The law is for sane rational people not psychopaths.

An enjoyable film well acted. I liked Radha Mitchell she's very attractive and a fine actress. The rest of the cast were very good too. Denzel was very good in his knight in shining armour role. Dakota does very well. I recall her doing a great job in the UFO series Taken by Speilberg likely around that time.

Okay well worth a watch. A bit long but not boringly so.
7 people found this helpful
Dr MaturinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Satisfying and entertaining
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One of a long line of plots where the protagonist single-handedly takes on and improbably revenges himself on the massed entrenched forces of crime and corruption (From Death Wish to Taken and The Equalizer), with engaging turns by Washington (who can take any part and give it an inner life), Walken (who makes average dialogue sound like Shakespeare) and Mitchell (gorgeous and and sympathetic) but most of all by Dakota Fanning, who takes it to a completely different level - a more effortlessly charming, compelling and nuanced performance from an actor, let alone a child actor, you will never see. She really makes you care about her. And that trumps Scott's more irritating technical tomfoolery which loses it a star. That aside the direction is good. A quiet and often moving beginning sets up a pacy actioner with an unpredictable ending. I enjoyed it, and I'm getting grumpier and harder to please these days. Violent, arguably too violent at times, but not an f-word to be heard.
3 people found this helpful
LevieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Directing and editing catastrophy
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i have watched this because of high rating. Too many stars for absolutely nothing. It requires very low standards for movies to give this more than one star. Director was probably thinking, they are directing soap opera., not action film and the editor was probably constantly drunk or which is probably more right on halucinogenic drugs. Never seen Denzel Washington acting as bad as here, in such a predictible, badly written and VERY BADLY DIRECTED piece of smelly crap. The best actor in the film was not DW but the kid, who played THE kid, called as Arabian flat bread - "Pita." Someone should be punished for presenting this film as not DVD only or C - class movie.
2 people found this helpful
Nobody NowhereReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 June 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A little too music-video-y but solid revenge action with a little more depth
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Man On Fire does what few in the revenge fantasy genre does and spends a LONG time setting up the relationship between our main character and the people or persons they are enacting revenge for. The punishment doesn't come until an hour into the film, for which time the tension just builds and builds. However, at just shy of 2 hours, the final portion of the film does sometimes feel a bit rushed, and the ease at which our protagonist uncovers this extremely well-embedded group he has to take down stretches believability.

There are some moments that I would describe as "music video-y" in that they do a lot of fast cuts and overlaying which I didn't find to be terribly necessary. Some may find the twist at the end a little hard to swallow.

Perhaps the funniest moment of the film comes right at the end when, after 2 hours spent demonstrating how awful Mexico City is and how horribly depraved and violent its people are, the director feels it necessary to say how great Mexico City is in a caption. Too little too late man. You made this place look like hell on earth.
5 people found this helpful
Linda ThomasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adrenaline pumping..
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I'm that rare female that loves a good fight movie, esp good over evil. :D Denzel Washington was amazing as always, such a skilled actor, really draws you in. Brilliant movie... Down side can't stand the way American films love to make stuff up or embelish stories. That whole thing at the end, telling you death dates etc.... don't be fooled, it's all just a fantasy.. It's strange you never see that in British films lol... but I always get sucked in by it, every time I watch one of these American hollywood films. :D
5 people found this helpful
ArchieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch it, you won't regert it
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What a brilliant film
Denzel is as always great & creates another likeable " anti hero" who comes good
Dakota Fanning is a joy to watch & together they make a convincing pair
As well as a great supporting cast and an excellent plot, the music is also well choosen & at times very moving
8 people found this helpful
PaulioReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A bullet always tells the truth.
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This is a fantastic film, showcasing Denzel Washington on fine form.

Denzel plays John Creasy, a former CIA Black Ops Officer, turned Private Detective. Having seen the bad side of life, he has solace in alcohol and finds it difficult connecting with people.

That is until an ex colleague (Christopher Walken), puts him in touch with a rich family in Mexico, Creasy is persuaded to become a bodyguard, where he meets Pita (Dakota Fanning) the familys daughter, who becomes his only link with humanity and helps bring out the real him.

Unfortunately things take a turn for the worse, when Pita is kidnapped, what follows is a one man mission for Creasy to find the only thing he truly cares about and save her.

The film is excellent on every level, the action sequences when the ex CIA black ops officer goes to rescue Pita are gritty, realistic and fantastically choreographed, while the scenes between Washington and Fanning are beautifully acted and directed building the bond realistically and slowly.

Fanning and Washington are exceptional in this film, Washington puts on an acting masterclass, slowly moving from deadbeat drunken philosopher to on point superman who has found a purpose in life, he changes before our eyes and it’s a truly rewarding experience. Fanning, makes you care about her and you understand why Washington will do anything to save this wonderful little girl.

The film is action packed, brilliantly acted, holds a few twists and draws you into it, and then spits you out again. It is amazing value and if you’ve never seen it, please buy it, I promise you will not be disappointed.
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