Hired as a bodyguard for a young girl (Dakota Fanning), a retired CIA agent (Denzel Washington) takes revenge on her kidnappers in Mexico City.
" A predictable, gruesome piece of business that tries to ennoble one-man vigilante justice with the star power of Denzel Washington. "
" Man on Fire awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer. "
" Trash is trash, no matter how expensive or arty it looks, or how well-acted it is. "
" 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. "
" A depressingly gory parade of vengeance. "
" The movie appeals to baser instincts, and Scott's heavy-handed button-pushing stacks the deck. "
" You'd have to call Man on Fire a mess, but at least it's an interesting mess. "
" This movie isn't just about a kidnapping; it is a kidnapping, and we're the hostages. "
" Man on Fire lacks the depth to truly ignite the screen, so instead does a slow, steady burn. It singes beautifully, but never explodes. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Overlong, off-putting and at times sadistic. "
" 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. "
" Long and torturous. "
" Easily the best of the recent spate of cynical and violent revenge/vigilante dramas. "
" If your idea of a bargain is two bad movies for the price of one, then shell out for Man on Fire. "
" This is garbage, but it's entertaining garbage. "
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