Man On Fire [Blu-ray]
A soldier for hire is contracted by a wealthy American family in Mexico City to protect their young daughter. The man forms a bond with the young girl until she is eventually kidnapped for ransom. Now, the man will stop at nothing to free the girl and make her kidnappers pay for their deeds.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : 43545
- Director : Tony Scott
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 26 minutes
- Release date : January 8, 2008
- Actors : Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Arnon Milchan, Lucas Foster, Lance Hool, James W. Skotchdopole, Conrad Hool
- Studio : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000XSWVFQ
- Writers : A.J. Quinnell, Brian Helgeland
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #71,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This was an exciting, entertaining movie that I enjoyed very much.
From that perspective, it does take a while to get started though, so that may not be the best way to think of if.
The problem is, it has lots of flishy-flashy scenes where lots of images are flashed at you for no apparent reason.
As the film goes on, these begin to have a connection to the film, but some of the early ones looked totally unrelated to me. Perhaps they would look more related to the film if I watched it again. Not that that is at all likely.
In a way, this is a pity. There really is a good, gritty, action picture inside this thing; it just can't find its way out.
Top reviews from other countries
Hard-drinking ex-CIA operative John Creasy (Denzel Washington on stellar form) has seemingly given up on life. Tired of all that unsavoury killing business, he's down on his luck and generally in a bit of a huff. To ensure we don't blink and miss, Creasy sports a beard and some unkempt hair - which as we all know is Hollywood shorthand for 'badass in career meltdown'. Thankfully, hope is around the corner when he's hired to bodyguard 9 year old Pita (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of wealthy businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony) down Mexico way. Creasy reluctantly accepts the gig and is at first hesitant to connect to the little girl, but slowly he begins to reclaim his soul (cue a trip to the bathroom for a clean up and five minutes with his Bik) through his interactions with her and the family... however when Pita is kidnapped, Creasy taps back into his old persona in order to bring her back... no matter the cost.
The late, great director Tony Scott ensures this one gives its audience major bang for their buck. Brian Helgeland's adaptation of the A.J. Quinnell novel (previously filmed in the '80s with Scott Glenn in the title role) is both streamlined and passionate, giving the game cast much to chew on: From Washington's broken down hardman to Fannings' innocent, this one offers the viewer an actual action flick with characters to care about... its a weird one, but you find yourself actually caring about these guys amidst the bullets and explosions.
Twentieth Century Foxs' UK Blu-Ray release is a fine effort with solid audio and a blistering transfer, backed up by multiple extra features (the 'Vengeance is Mine' documentary is a doozy) that cover the film's production along with audio commentaries, music videos and theatrical trailers. All in all, this is certainly a five star disc for a five star film - highly recommended.
Denzel plays John Creasy, a former CIA Black Ops Officer, turned Private Detective. Having seen the bad side of life, he has solace in alcohol and finds it difficult connecting with people.
That is until an ex colleague (Christopher Walken), puts him in touch with a rich family in Mexico, Creasy is persuaded to become a bodyguard, where he meets Pita (Dakota Fanning) the familys daughter, who becomes his only link with humanity and helps bring out the real him.
Unfortunately things take a turn for the worse, when Pita is kidnapped, what follows is a one man mission for Creasy to find the only thing he truly cares about and save her.
The film is excellent on every level, the action sequences when the ex CIA black ops officer goes to rescue Pita are gritty, realistic and fantastically choreographed, while the scenes between Washington and Fanning are beautifully acted and directed building the bond realistically and slowly.
Fanning and Washington are exceptional in this film, Washington puts on an acting masterclass, slowly moving from deadbeat drunken philosopher to on point superman who has found a purpose in life, he changes before our eyes and it’s a truly rewarding experience. Fanning, makes you care about her and you understand why Washington will do anything to save this wonderful little girl.
The film is action packed, brilliantly acted, holds a few twists and draws you into it, and then spits you out again. It is amazing value and if you’ve never seen it, please buy it, I promise you will not be disappointed.
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.
Oh, and finally a little girl in an adult action movie that doesn't annoy the heck out of you!! (Looking at you, war of the worlds.)
The setting and the style of the film add a lot as well, helps make it more gripping than some similar plots in other films.
Denzel is fantastic in the title role, but Dakota Fanning is that brilliant she nearly steals the show from him!