Man on Fire (2004)
John Creasy (Denzel Washington) is an ex-United States intelligence officer now finding that his drinking problem only allows him to get low-end protection work in Mexico City. He is hired by a wealthy family to be a bodyguard for their daughter Lupita (Dakota Fanning) who he forms a close bond with. However, the inevitable happens when Lupita is kidnapped and Creasy snaps, reverting to his old ways of vigilante violence to get answers.
Another team-up of Denzel and director Tony Scott (Crimson Tide, Deja Vu, Unstoppable), Man on Fire has plenty of moments that will entertain and please, but unfortunately, is full of moments that will disappoint. The beginning of the movie shows human and emotional elements as Creasy and Lupita interact, but as the movie goes on it becomes more action-packed and violent which I enjoyed. I know that it is based on true events, but as a movie watcher, the ending is very unsatisfying and makes me not want to see it again. It’s hard to watch Man on Fire because for every scene that catches your attention, another will push you away. It might just be my personality, so give it a shot and maybe you will feel differently. Co-starring Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, and Giancarlo Giannini.
6/10 Stars – Too many disappointments to want to keep up with this up and down emotional ride.
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