Tony Scott painfully misdirects what could've been an amazing movie
Man On Fire has the style of Oliver Stone on a bad day. In fact, it has
the style of a 2 minute trailer. If they re-edited this and toned down
the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, this would be a great
movie. I'm not saying get rid of all of it, because some of it was
effective, but A LOT of it was not needed.
As far as story goes, it was very good. Creasy is the familiar kind of
character who is in dire need of redemption, and he receives it from an
unlikely person: the child he's been hired to protect, Pita. Their
relationship takes a good half hour or so (movie time wise) to develop,
so it makes it all the more painful once she's kidnapped and supposedly
killed. Of course, I don't think anyone in the audience really believes
she's dead. In fact, I would have been more surprised if she actually
was. Fortunately there were plenty of twists and turns along the way
that made me forgive this predictability.
The movie does a good job of making you care for the characters, but
that probably is mostly because of the script and acting, not Tony
Scott's hack directing. Denzel Washington gives a wonderfully intense
performance as the man on fire, and everyone's favourite lil' child
actor Dakota Fanning does a good job of just doing what she's supposed
to with her role. She's supposed to be a cute little girl that is
instantly lovable and she's able to do it effortlessly because, well,
she's Dakota Fanning.
Man On Fire is just about 2 and a half hours long and it kept my
interest all the way through. The interest wasn't always positive since
I had to roll my eyes every 5 minutes at the nausea-inducing editing.
It took away so much! It was such a good movie but its biggest
disappointment is that it could have been great.
My rating: 6/10.
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man on fire so good must see it again.
it is great.
Standard stuff lifted by surprisingly subtle acting
I didn't fancy this film but was recommended it and the first half
truly surprised me. It starts out somewhat low key and the the way the
relationship between Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning is built up
is very well handled and believably done. Great acting by both, and
Fanning in particular: she can pull off cute without being schmaltzy or
annoying, whilst also coming across as genuine. A big future awaits...
However, from the turning point half way through it descends into
formulaic Hollywood 'must kill the nasty Mexicans!' revenge stuff, and
has been done better in other films. Overall worth seeing for some
excellent acting and some touching moments before the guns start firing
and the bombs start going off..