First off, this is not your feel good movie of the year. Man On Fire, starring Denzel Washington, is anything
but a movie that makes you feel good about people and life in general. However, if you are a fan of savage redemption, this movie is right up your alley.
Denzel is out with a vengeance in a story of love, life, death, crime,
corruption, revenge, and full bloody redemption.
Man On Fire Is Tough On the Senses
Now, being in full Tony Scott fashion [ala Spy
Game], the film has tons of interesting cinematography. I could follow
up by saying the cinematography helps portray and support the brutality
contained within the movie; and it does. However, at times I grew tired
of the extended scenes that seemed only to exist to portray or show off
the cinematography applied to the film. Some of the techniques include blurred
film, burned film, flicker film, and multi-swipes [these are not technical
Even though the film is brutal with parts that include torture interrogation,
the camera is more than willing to turn away for the extremely sensitive
parts [such as the shooting of people in the head and the cutting of fingers].
Conversely, the sound editing does back the pain that these people go through
with screams of pain from torture.
Little Addeds that I Took Away from the Film
First, there are just some places in Mexico where you would not like to
raise a family, no matter what the insurance coverage you have. Just too
much corruption from all sides. Second, if you are knocked unconscious and
wake up with C4 shoved up your ass, you better start talking and quick.
Definitely one of the worst ways to go on film.
Judgement: Not the feel good movie some may be looking for. But if you want a story
that shows that crime doesn't pay, and even the good guys can play mean, then check out this film. B