5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Far, far too long,
This review is from: Man On Fire  [DVD] (DVD)
That’s it. The trend for making really long films so that audiences feel like they’re seeing something important has to stop now. Interminably dull, “Man on Fire” is a half-hour long thriller stretched to over two hours, with numerous lengthy scenes that could have been cut from the film without having any effect whatsoever on the plot, atmosphere or development of the story. In its favour, the claustrophobic, zoomed-in camerawork that accompanies the repeated drives across Mexico City (the real star of the film) build the tension to breaking point, though this is ruined by “clever” pop video editing every time the action hots up. The bloodthirsty torture scenes, though completely pointless, are also enjoyable; but overall the very simple plot does not stand up to being drawn out this long, and the stupid ending crowns it all. Although “Man on Fire” has its moments, I really wouldn’t recommend sitting through the hours of dullness that surrounds them.