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Movie Review: Man on Fire

Updated on March 13, 2017

Denzel is on Fire!

Man on Fire stars Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and Dakota Fanning and it takes place in Mexico.
Man on Fire stars Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and Dakota Fanning and it takes place in Mexico. | Source
Man on Fire was a rated R movie that stars Denzel Washington in a movie about payback  and revenge.
Man on Fire was a rated R movie that stars Denzel Washington in a movie about payback and revenge. | Source
Denzel Washington played alongside fellow Hollywood star Christopher Walken in Man on Fire.
Denzel Washington played alongside fellow Hollywood star Christopher Walken in Man on Fire. | Source
Denzel Washington plays as John Creasy in this action packed movie. Creasy is a body guard that was hired to protect PETA(Dakota Fanning.)
Denzel Washington plays as John Creasy in this action packed movie. Creasy is a body guard that was hired to protect PETA(Dakota Fanning.) | Source
Denzel Washington plays as a bodyguard hired to protect Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire.
Denzel Washington plays as a bodyguard hired to protect Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire. | Source

Intense and Full of Drama

John Creasy played by the Actor Denzel Washington, who is a former CIA Agent turned bodyguard, for the rich. For his first assignment, he is sent to Mexico to protect a little girl named, Pita Ramos. She is played by the adorable, Dakota Fanning. It takes a lit bit for Creasy to warm up to Pita. Pita, however, was immediately crazy about Creasy and let him know very early on in their meeting. When he does come around, Creasy begins to care for Pita like a father. Creasy helps Pita with her swimming lessons and, she conquers her fear of the gun shot start. Pita swims like a little fish in the water.

In the movie, she gets kidnapped and he gets shot full of bullets trying to keep Pita from getting kidnapped. When he awakens from his coma to find Pita gone and probably dead, he becomes a Man on Fire indeed.

The acting skills of Denzel Washington came out in full force in this film. It shows him drinking, and talking to himself, as well as crying, and of course, becoming furious. At one point during the movie, Creasy tried to kill himself. He got down to that low of a point in his life. Pita could tell that something was wrong with Creasy but, he did not want to worry Pita. This movie does contain some intense action and, it might be too violent for some people. The movie had a secretive, mysterious side to it when it came to John Creasy. An example is, when Pita gave him a necklace and said it was the Patron Saint of Lost Causes. Also, he called his friend played by Christopher Walken. Did he think that God would forgive them for what they have done? Finally, when Pita asks Creasy how he hurt his hand, he lied and said it was a birth defect. There are many private moments and conversations between Creasy and Pita. They spend a lot of their time together in the car so, they have time to talk.

The plot, actors in the movie, directing and musical score for this film are astonishing. The ending has a surprise twist that is awesome, in it's own right. Easily one of Denzel Washington's best movies, which is saying a lot considering all the great films that he has starred in. John Creasy is a mysterious character, and he has several secrets that are not really explained during this movie.

Revenge is a dish best served cold (Old Italian Proverb), and quote from Creasy as he went out to exact revenge on Pita's captors.

1. John Creasy taped one of the kidnappers hands to his car steering wheel at the edge of a cliff. Then, he cut his fingers off while getting information about the crime. This is when things really got serious for the criminal.

2. John Creasy placed a tiny bomb up one of the kidnappers buttocks and then detonated it. This was to deter the attention from Pita.

I could go on but, for those of you who have not seen this movie, I do not want to spoil it for you. I highly recommend this film for anyone who is a Denzel Washington fan. Denzel Washington as usual, gives a more than Oscar worthy performance and the movie is full of drama, action and adventure from start to finish. This is one of my favorite movies by Denzel Washington.

The Cast of "Man on Fire"

1. Denzel Washington

2. Dakota Fanning

3. Christopher Walken

4. Marc Anthony

5. Mickey Rourke

6. Radha Mitchell

7. Rachel Ticotin

8. Tony Scott: Director

9. Lucas Foster and Tony Scott: Producers

10. Harry Williams and Lisa Gerrard: Music

Ten Great Denzel Washington Flicks

Training Day
John Q
Ricochet
Taking of Pelham 123
Philadelphia
Crimson Tide
The Hurricane
Remember the Titans
Glory
The Pelican Brief
 
 

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Man on Fire Facts, Awards and Nominations

1. BMI Film Music Award-Harry Williams won this award for his music score for the movie.

2. Critics Choice Award for Young Actress- Dakota Fanning was nominated for this honor.

3. Image Award- Denzel Washington was nominated for Outstanding Actor.

4. Golden Trailer- The movie Man on Fire was nominated for best drama.

Man on Fire Film Facts:

1.The film grossed over 130 million dollars at the box office on a 70 million dollar budget.

2. This movie was adapted from the novel of the same name written by: A.J. Quinnell.

3. Robert De Niro turned down the offer to play John Creasy in the movie.

4. The film was set on location in Mexico City.

5. This is the second Man on Fire film (2004) The original film came out in 1987 and it was also based on the novel with the same title.

Denzel Snaps!

Denzel Washington is a bodyguard in Mexico who has a temper and he is also an alcoholic trying to find his way.
Denzel Washington is a bodyguard in Mexico who has a temper and he is also an alcoholic trying to find his way. | Source

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I loved this movie. You did a wonderful job reviewing it, Leslie.

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