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Man on Fire November 12, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

Somebody needs to tell Tony Scott that just having his trademark snazzy visuals and camera moves don’t necessarily make a great movie. This was actually a remake of a 1987 film of the same name. Scott was originally slated to direct the original but was dropped because he wasn’t famous out then.

Apparently, Quentin Tarantino suggested remaking this film in 2004 (and he seems to be one of the very few people who liked this movie immensely and rates it to be Tony Scott’s best). Also, this movie was the inspiration behind last year’s Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Ek Ajnabee’.

Nothing great about the plot….An ex-serviceman Denzel Washington is hired to be the bodyguard for a little girl belonging to a wealthy family (played by the “too old for her years” child prodigy Dakota Fanning – who I always find really irritating except for probably in “War of the Worlds” where she didn’t have to speak much). They slowly bond over time but one day she gets kidnapped and due to a failed ransom exchange she is presumably killed. What follows is a senseless revenge drama where Washington goes about killing anyone loosely associated with the kidnapping.

I was seriously waiting for this movie to end. After the first half I was expecting a nice action packed second half but at the end of the movie I can say the actionless first half was far better. I now feel I should have probably seen ‘Ek Ajnabee’ instead as it received fairly good reviews. Unless you are a Denzel Washington fan, you can easily skip this one.


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