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Man on Fire

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2004
  • Tony Scott
  • 140 mins
  • 18

Summary

Action thriller starring Denzel Washington as John Creasy, a burnt-out ex-CIA operative who is brought to Mexico City by a friend to act as a bodyguard to the young daughter of a successful industrialist. Initially cool to the child, he gradually warms to her youthful enthusiasm. However, when she's kidnapped, the injured Creasy swears to take violent revenge on her captors.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In this lengthy but often gripping thriller, Denzel Washington excels as an alcoholic, burned-out former US government operative. He reluctantly takes a job with a wealthy family in Mexico City as the bodyguard to their young daughter (the endearing Dakota Fanning). Director Tony Scott hits the right notes early on when Fanning's charm begins to win over her emotionally closed-off protector. Once the girl is kidnapped, however, this becomes a drawn-out revenge thriller that degenerates into a showcase of imaginative ultra-violence that has Washington systematically hunting down the perpetrators. Though the action is well choreographed, Scott's excessive reliance on gimmicky visual touches is distracting, undermining what could have been a compelling story.

Credits

Cast

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John CreasyDenzel Washington
Lupita "Pita" Martin RamosDakota Fanning
Samuel RamosMarc Anthony
Lisa Martin RamosRadha Mitchell
RayburnChristopher Walken
ManzanoGiancarlo Giannini
MarianaRachel Ticotin
FuentesJesus Ochoa
Jordan KalfusMickey Rourke
Sister AnnaAngelina Pelaez

Crew

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DirectorTony Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2004-10-08
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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