|Directed by:||Tony Scott|
|Written by:||Brian Helgeland|
|Cast:||Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin, Mickey Rourke|
Tony Scott is an uneven director for me. His films are either decent to average for me, but Man on Fire I think its his best film by far. Out of all the collaborations with Denzel Washington he has accomplished, Man on FIre is by far the the best acted, the one with a better story, and action. It is pretty much a revenge story about a bodyguard who grows a bond with the young girl of this rich family who is in some deep trouble with some criminals. When that girl is kidnapped and presumed dead, Denzel goes apeshit and tears a trail of destruction and bodies throughout Mexico. Denzel Washington is excellent in this movie because he can be a compassionate and calm man in one scene and be unforgiving and brutal the next scene. His unrelenting persistance to find justice over the girl's kidnapping is so real and powerful that you can't look away. This movie really just rests on Washington's shoulders. Radha Mitchell was good and Dakota Fanning is thankfully not annoying like in War of the Worlds. The action here is really brutal, but so satisfying to watch Denzel just make these scumbags pay. It's not a perfect film because Tony Scott's directing with the flashy editing and zoom shots annoyed me and took me out of the movie and Marc Anthony was off in his acting, but that didn't alter my enjoyment of the movie.
Plot (9/10): I love me some revenge stories.
Acting (8/10): Denzel Washington owns this movie.
Action (9/10): Denzel does not fuck around here. Rockets, stabbings, shootings, explosives in people's asses, and even more guns.
Direction (7/10): The falshy zooming shots annoyed me and they weren't necessary to enhance suspense.
Eye Candy (8/10): Radha Mitchell is a good looking lady.
Overall, if you love some revenge films, this movie is a must see.