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Man On Fire [2004] [DVD]

Denzel Washington , Dakota Fanning , Tony Scott    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VYEY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Style trumps substance in Man on Fire, a slick, brooding reunion of Crimson Tide star Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott. The ominous, crime-ridden setting is Mexico City, where a dour, alcoholic warrior with a mysterious Black Ops past (Washington) seeks redemption as the devoted bodyguard of a lovable 9-year-old girl (the precociously gifted Dakota Fanning), then responds with predictable fury when she is kidnapped and presumably killed. Prolific screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, L.A. Confidential) sets a solid emotional foundation for Washington's tormented character, and Scott's stylistic excess compensates for a distended plot that's both repellently violent and viscerally absorbing. Among Scott's more distracting techniques is the use of free-roaming, comic-bookish subtitles... even when they're unnecessary! Adapted from a novel by A.J. Quinnell and previously filmed as a 1987 vehicle for Scott Glenn, Man on Fire is roughly on par with Scott's similar 1990 film Revenge, efficiently satisfying Washington's incendiary bloodlust under a heavy blanket of humid, doom-laden atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
and what a movie this is!!! Not quite sure what the critics saw but this is definitely one of the best revenge flicks, if not the best revenge flick EVER made!!!! The movie starts off with bodyguard Denzel 'Creasy' Washington assigned to protect little Dakota Fanning (brilliant actress) from kidnapping. The first half of the movie is pretty light hearted, but half way through, Pita (Fanning) gets kidnapped and the movie slips into a pretty sadistic raw violence mode as Creasy turns to avenge Pitas 'killers' which might not be easy to digest for some viewers. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of any type of thriller or a fan of Denzel Washington, who actually tops his performance here from Training Day, then this is a MUST!!! There's also a fine supporting role from Christopher Walken who's very good as Creasy's friend. Buy this dvd now...you won't be dissapointed!!! The extras dont dissapoint either: There's over 30mins of fairly good deleted scenes, 70 minute 'vengence' documentary exploring all the aspects of the making of the movie, plus a couple of decent trailers, and a music video.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning revenge thriller 31 Dec 2004
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Tony Scott the man behind such high concept fluff as "Top Gun" directs another revenge flick with Man on Fire. The portents are not good then. Yet this is a mature restrained movie in many ways. Yes it is occasionally very violent but it eschews the flying bullet and pithy one liner approach usually associated with this genre for something far more cool and calculating.
John Creacy (Denzel Washington) is a former C.I.A. assassin with a dose of the moochies and a severe drink problem. He heads down to Mexico to hook up with a former fellow operative Rayburn (Walken) who in an effort to put Creacy on the straight and narrow hooks him up with Samuel (Marc Anthony), a Mexican aristocrat who in light of Mexico's appalling Kidnap culture needs a full time bodyguard for his precocious daughter Pita played with naturalistic verve by Dakota Fanning. At first Creacys relationship with his young charge and her wary mother Lisa (Rahda Mitchell) is terse but time is taken to allow their relationships to develop in a believable manner and so his genuine anger and sense of grief is palpable when she is snatched from under his nose. The pay off is a disaster so Creacy , despite his hospitalisation from gun shot wounds vows to make the kidnappers pay both for the girl and his own curtailed sense of humanity. As Rayburn says "Creacys art is death, he's about to paint his masterpiece".
Washington is superb as he prowls the city picking up one lead after another and extracting information in a series of grisly torture scenes. He radiates a sense of implacable purpose though you have to say he sticks out like a polar bear wearing deely boppers in the city scenes. Not exactly low key.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Born to play Mr. Creasy 17 April 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
Mr. Denzel Washington is truly one of the best African American actors in the universe! he was absoluetly AMAZING in this movie! he was born to play Mr. Creasy!!!! Not to mention.... he would really make a GREAT body-guard in real life! Also, Dakota Fanning, though so young, shows remarkable talent in this movie. she's so cute, and yet, amazing! An Indian version of this film was made with the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and was a tad inferior to this fim..but still fairly good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant, don't switch off 30 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
We saw this film as a secret preview at a cinema. If I had known about the plot I wouldn't have gone to see it as it isn't the kind of thing I'm normally interested in. If I hadn't been "tricked" into seeing it I would have really missed out.
Yes, it's about a loner (and an alcoholic to boot) hired to stop somebody kidnapping a child of rich parents in a South American country. Yes there's the almost inevitable befriending of child and protector to both their benefits, and the bad person is more or less obvious from the start blah blah all sounds very dull so far. However, it is beautifully shot, the graphics and subtitles are arranged on screen in a really interesting, innovative way, and the emotional storyline isn't at all clumsy. You'd think it was an action movie, and yes it is violent in places, with a fairly hefty bodycount, but it is so much more than a bog standard rescue flick. Everything is well handled, making for an interesting movie to watch both for its plot and its cinematography, and you can't help but get involved with the characters and the story.
I would recommend this to even the most hardened of bodyguard/action movie haters. If I could give 4 and a half stars, it would have the extra.
I don't have the DVD so I don't know about the extras on disc, but the film itself has to be worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Gripping 27 Mar 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Denzel Washington doesnt star in too many bad films and "Man On Fire" is right up there with his best. This film succeeds on so many levels. The acting is sensational with an intense performance by Washington and a stunning, brilliant performance from Dakota Fanning as the little girl he is hired to act as a bodyguard for by a rich young couple in Mexico City. The characterisation is excellent, the storyline absorbing and the cinematography stylish. The Mexico City backdrop adds freshness and mystery to the film. The film's theme is one of redemption,love and revenge and at times the revenge aspect can get a bit gruesome. This and the subtitles which periodically flash up on screen when they aren't really required are the only negatives to a very entertaining and top quality movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
what can you say denzel Washington is a truly great actor of his generation he is superb I really enjoy watching his movies terrific
Published 4 days ago by sheila anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I love this film and would watch it again . Came promptly and always pleased with the service . 10/10
Published 22 days ago by Dawn R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
anything denzial washington makes is worth a watch. this is no different..

great story and the price was cheap. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mr. Hakan J. Ozturk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab film
Great value for money , service was amazing and such a great film to watch , highly recommended film give it a go
Published 1 month ago by lotto
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Kept me on the edge of my seat. Great action movie, with a bit of blood and guts. Fantastic acting from all. Good wee twists I the plot too.
Published 1 month ago by Caroline D
4.0 out of 5 stars "Man On Fire" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc -...
Tony Scott directing the sensationally good Denzel Washington in an actioner - your eyeballs will probably need a week's leave after the rapido editing alone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've ever seen.
I'm not a great film buff, and happened across this by chance. It centres on a washed-up ex-Government employee (Creasy/Washington) who's taken to drink in an effort to forget all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Teresa L. Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel on fire (conatins SPOILERS)
First off, I don't know what the collective consensus of rotten tomatoes film critics were thinking when they awarded this film a 39% rotten rating. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margaret Thatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Superb film. Bought this to replace one I had for a while. Very different to the book but exciting film which keeps you engrossed from start to finish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by annette
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film
Denzel Washington being awesome again. Bit of a slower moving film but definitely worth it now bought as present for a friend :)
Published 3 months ago by jamesG
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