Man on Fire

A promise to protect. A vow to avenge.

John Creasy (Denzel Washington), an alcoholic former CIA assassin, is hired as a bodyguard to a 9-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) in Mexico City at a time when kidnappings are rampant. This remake of a 1987 Scott Glenn movie is bombastic to a near-ridiculous level; much too long and full of director Tony Scott’s expected (and this time tiresome) tricks in editing and cinematography. The story is a traditional revenge saga, but what does lift it out of the ordinary is the gripping and cute relationship between bodyguard and client.

2004-U.S. 146 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Tony Scott. Cast: Denzel Washington (John Creasy), Dakota Fanning (Pita Ramon), Marc Anthony (Samuel Ramos), Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini… Mickey Rourke.

Trivia: Michael Bay and Antoine Fuqua were allegedly considered for directing duties; Robert De Niro, Will Smith and Bruce Willis for the part of Creasy.


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