Man on Fire Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 824

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 357

Theatrical Release Date: 04/23/2004

Language: English

Genre: Adventure, Crime

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Tony Scott

Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini

Plot: In Mexico City, kidnapping is a way of life and wealthy families turn to professional bodyguards for help. Enter John Creasy, an ex CIA operative/assassin who has all but given up on life. Taking a job at the behest of an old friend, his rough exterior is slowly chipped away by a 9-year-old girl he is protecting. When he is wounded during her kidnapping, he vows to kill anyone involved.

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Rating of
2.5/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/04/2014

Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning do fine Job in this movie but this movie is okay.

Rating of
4/4

Mark - wrote on 06/29/2013

This may be Denzel's finest movie yet, and that's saying something. He plays a former CIA agent who is now a recovering alcoholic and lands a job as a high priced bodyguard for a wealthy family in Mexico. When they're little girl is kidnapped and presumed killed, Denzel goes on a revenge spree and will kill and torture anyone who knew anything about the crime. Christopher Walken and Dakota Fanning co-star in this edgy thriller.

Rating of
2.5/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/27/2012

'Denzel is the film's emotional core - presenting an intriguing anti-hero who does unlikable things for a likable cause. Unfortunately, Tony Scott often ruins some of the film's best moments with his music video style editing and penchant for focusing on action rather than characters.

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Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
2.5/4

"Man On Fire" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 03/30/2012

Burned out ex serviceman Denzel Washington takes a job protecting young Dakota Fanning in Mexico City: kidnap capital of the world. Denzel of course grows to love his tiny charge, finding new meaning in life yadda yadda until...gasp! She's KIDNAPPED!! (I know! I never saw that one coming either!!) Yes, this workmanlike plot combined with the hugely predictable twists and garish colour filters all make this look like a big screen version of CSI: Miami, one of my least favourite TV shows of all time. But I must admit, the earlier scenes as Den and Dakota get to know each other work quite nicely and have a genuine warmth about them. The pacing is also pretty good considering its length and watching Denzel go bad-ass is always fun. But once again, Tony bloody Scott is his own worst enemy and …

mdtinney
mdtinney
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

Revenge is best served cold.

mdtinney - wrote on 10/21/2009

This movie was worth watching. It lasts longer than 2 hours, one of the things that surprised me about this movie. I think the casting was excellent. The storyline was unexpected. I never saw many ads for this movie and only wanted to see it because I think Denzel Washington is one of the best actors in America today. I have always been disappointed that he had to win his Academy Award in Training Day. This movie makes up for it, and I think it redeems him as a good actor. (I think everyone will agree that Training Day was not his best effort as an actor.) This movie appears to be filmed entirely on location in Mexico City. Many views of the city are presented. You see the very affluent neighborhoods and the very poor neighborhoods. In Mexico, you are either in poverty or rich. There are …

The M.O.W.
The M.O.W.
Producer

Rating of
2/4

Confusing editing makes the movie barely watchable

The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/01/2008

A soldier of fortune (Denzel Washington) has reluctantly taken the job of protecting a young girl (Dakota Fanning) in Mexico City, Mexico. The two become really close, and he lightens his mood until she is kidnapped. He then goes on a rampage to find her -- by any means necessary.

This has to be one of the weirdest edited movies I have ever seen. There are way too many quick edits that can make scenes fairly confusing. There is also some of the most interesting subtitles I've seen in movies as they are not stuck at the bottom of the screen like normal.

Another problem is the lack of scenes that show the relationship between the girl and her parents. Also, Christopher Walken is not in the movie enough.

The performances of Washington and Fanning are two of the most enjoyable in …

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