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Man On Fire [Blu-ray]
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Hard-drinking, burnt-out CIA operative John Creasy (Denzel Washington) has given up on life--until he's hired as a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning). Bit but bit, Creasy begins to reclaim his soul, but when Pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is released and he will stop at nothing to save her.
- Commentary by director Tony Scott
- Commentary by production--Lucas Foster, Brian Helgeland, Dakota Fanning
- Vengeance is Mine--reinventing Man on Fire documentary
- Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Tony Scott
- Pita's abduction--multi-angle sequence with optional commentary
- Pita's abduction--Tony Scott's storyboards
- Pita's abduction--script excerpt
- Music video--Kinky: "Oye Como Va"
There’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about director Tony Scott’s action-packed, hard-edged film Man On Fire. Starring Denzel Washington as John Creasy, it’s the story of a man who is working as a bodyguard for a nine-year old girl, Pita (played by Dakota Fanning). The two start growing close, against their respective expectations, and ultimately, the plot takes one or two inevitable turns.
It is, to be fair, a fairly well trodden story path that Man On Fire covers, but what lifts it above the dirge of rivals is the quality on offer. Denzel Washington is a terrific actor to anchor such a film around, and you never fail to believe in his take on Creasy. Fanning, too, is on fine form here. And it’s refreshing to see director Tony Scott putting some of his heavy-editing techniques to one side, to the clear benefit of the movie. There’s no effort either to tone down the violence here, and the film easily earns its 18 certificate.
The journey to high definition proves to be a comfortable one for Man On Fire, unsurprising given how recent the film is. It’s also highly rewatchable, even if you’ve seen it before, and a rare modern day action film that chooses not to compromise itself to get a more commercial certificate. Let’s have some more like it, please… --Jon Foster
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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.Read more ›
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.
Then I watched Man on Fire and my ill-informed prejuduice subsided and I saw someone create something slick and stylish and very accomplished. The acting is great and he uses the camera speed, editing, music and even subtitles with the right balance.
The fact that his latest Domino has been panned, perhaps Scott cannot replicate his fine judgement on this film. So it surely must be up there with True Romance as his best film.
the story tells of 'Creasy' who has a certain talent with a gun in his hand, currently living in Mexico a place where 'kidnap and ransom' is common place see's him recommended for a post as a bodyguard to a young girl. 'Lupita Ramos'
After seemingly a short time in the job while he's waiting for his young charge to finish a piano lesson, things go pear-shaped, 'Creasy' manages to kill one or two of the attackers but is seriously wounded, the young girl has been kidnaped.
'Creasy' needs plenty of recovery time, however as soon as he could stand, he has a need to avenge the kidnap of the child he was supposed to protect.
'Hermadad. have chosen the wrong man to mess with, 'creasy' sets about taking the secretive and corrupt organisation apart, working his way through from bottom of the chain upwards.
Great performance from 'Denzel Washington' in the role of 'Joyhn W Creasy'
This really is a great movie, if you've never seen it before your in for a treat.
Good picture and Sound quality throughout.
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We watched this film while on holiday in the USAbut had to go out before it finished so wanted to see the end as it seemed to be a good film and as it was not expensive thought... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pamela aggus