Man on Fire
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A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents. In one six-day period, there were twenty-four abductions, leading many to hire bodyguards for their children. Into this world enters John Creasy, a burned-out ex-CIA operative/assassin, who has given up on life. Creasy's friend Rayburn brings him to Mexico City to be a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos, daughter of industrialist Samuel Ramos and his wife Lisa. Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a youngster, but for lack of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"Suffice it to say nothing about this pumped-up, hyperthyroidal Tony Scott revenge flick makes sense, but it takes two hours to kill off as many people and demolish as many vehicles as Charles Bronson used to do in 30 minutes."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"This movie isn't just about a kidnapping; it is a kidnapping, and we're the hostages."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Extremely violent; not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A down-and-dirty revenge tale that packs an emotional punch."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Mean-spirited; one of the year's 10 worst"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Catholic Sun
"Intentional or not, Man on Fire's over-the-top evocation of Christian retribution goes a long way to making this otherwise standard revenge fantasy watchable."
‑ David Ng, Village Voice
"Despite a red-hot performance by Washington as the antiheroic, self-annihilating title character, the film as a whole, while possessing a kind of vicious beauty, feels as cold and as embalmed as a corpse."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
""Man On Fire" is remake of a notoriously dreadful 1987 movie, based on the same-titled novel by A.J. Quinnell, and it fares little better here with Tony Scott ("Spy Game") directing with a flamboyant use of flashy subtitles and camera techniques lifted f"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Visually the film is nice, but the images are in service to a violent and ugly film."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"[It suggests] that John Creasy -- J.C. -- is a Christ figure: scars, prayers, acting as savior. But where Christ overcomes evil with good, J.C. uses heavy artillery."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Christianity Today
"I'm recommending Man on Fire for that bold style, its unapologetic comic book story arc, and the great performances from Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and young Dakota Fanning."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A predictable, gruesome piece of business that tries to ennoble one-man vigilante justice with the star power of Denzel Washington."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Scott tries too hard to look like Ridley Scott's films with similar and derivative style, and hazy cinematography..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Un bon divertissement de masse, non exempt d'intelligence."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"Serves up revenge, loud bangs, grisly deaths and heavy symbolism in Mexico with some relish - and extra cheese."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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