Scott Brown
September 17, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Man on Fire

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
142 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/23/04
performer
Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Mickey Rourke
director
Tony Scott
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Brian Helgeland
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

He’ll deliver more justice in a weekend than 10 years of your courts and tribunals.” This is said of Creasy (Denzel Washington, wonderfully bruised and ursine), a shadowy CIA assassin-turned-remorseful-drunk-turned-bodyguard to a wealthy Mexico City family, and the statement goes more or less unchallenged, as Tony Scott’s hypertensive vengeance thriller unfolds with more symmetry than substance. Creasy, assigned to protect adorable, precocious Pita Ramos (adorable, precocious Dakota Fanning), quickly finds occasion to unleash his inner demons on the evildoers, and we’re asked to cheer the terrorist in him because he is our terrorist.

EXTRAS If the torture scenes alone don’t make you cringe, flip on the commentary with young Miss Fanning. Don’t worry, she covers her eyes during the gorier moments.

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