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Man On Fire (DVD)
Member Name: suavilous
Man On Fire (DVD)
Advantages: Acting, Action, Story
Disadvantages: None, its perfect
I remember watching this for the first time and the only reason was because it had ma man Denzel on screen and I'm so glad I did, this was an absolute beauty!!! One film that I can possibly watch over and over again and not get bored of.
The film in set in Mexico where kidnapping is big business. Its simple they kidnap a rich families child, you pay the ransom and you get him/her back. If not then say your prayers. This brings panic to a whole load of these rich lot and security is needed. This also includes the Ramos (Mark Anthony and Radha Mitchell) family who need to protect their nine year old Lupita 'Pita' Ramos (Dakota Fanning) until they can renew their family ransom insurance which I'm assuming is not real. Anywho on the recommendation from Rayburn (Christopher Walken), John Creasy (Denzel Washington) is offered the job.
Creasy is an ex CIA and was partners with Rayburn back in the day but unlike Rayburn who's loving life Creasy has grown tired of it and is beginning to feel guilt over the years of work he has done and has turned to drink to solve his problems. But due to having nothing to do he accepts.
He starts his work but he makes it clear that he is not here to be a babysitter or anything, just to protect her. But Pita has different ideas and wants to be friends with Creasy and asks him question after question about him. At first Creasy gives her a piece of his mind but later that night realises that shes just trying to help him. From there on they have a special bond with each other and we see Creasy smiling again and enjoying life.
Just as things go are going well things turn for the worse when Pita is kidnapped just as she's coming out of her piano lesson. He tries to intervene but is badly wounded and collapses. Will he survive? If he does will he be able to save her?
Like I said above the only reason I watched this is because of Denzel Washington as I have seen him in other films (Training Day, The Inside Man) and thought he was a real good actor. In this film he does not disappoint one bit! His portrayal of a man damned bu his guilt is very impressive and very believable. His change from broken to revitalised progressed smoothly and at a very exceptional pace.
Dakota Fanning at the time played her role as Pita is similar fashion. She was a bubbly nine year old full of life. She also semms to act a little older than what she really is and is fully aware of what happening in and around her. The chemistry between the two of them couldn't of been better and it was a great feeling to watch them two develop the friendship and the way Creasy became a father figure to her when the parents were away on business. She even named a bear after him! :-D
They were a few supporting roles and I could not forget Mr Walken who plays Creasys ex partner and long time friend. The friendship between the both of them seemed real geniune from the start where he tries to help his friend bounce back to life all the way to the end where he talks to a reporter (What for I will not tell you!).
The roles of the newpaper reporters were played well, the way they could get any information they needed tp assist was very good. Micky Rourke was also in this film as the Ramos family lawyer, he did ok but not great as he wasn't used as much.
The film from the kidnapping to the end is full on non stop action and a word of warning, there are some scenes which some may not find suitable and not for the faint hearted so be warned! But it also didn't seem far fetched and could imagine it been done.
The film is set in lovely (well some parts) Mexico and this gives it a more authentic touch. You get to see the rich and the poor on the same street
and how they live side by side.
Overall I would defiantly recommend you watch this film. Actually go one better and buy it too, this is a must have for the DVD collection. The running time of the film is 140 minutes (2 hours 20 minutes) and I can tell you know you would not notice it one bit!
The DVD I have got didn't have any special features (:-() so I will be looking out for another with them and buy it.
You can purchase this on DVD for £2.99 on Amazon for a single disc or for £6.99 for a two disc edition. It is also available on blu ray for just over £11.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it.
Will also be found on Ciao.
Summary: A must have for the collection