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Man on Fire (2004)

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

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Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. Written by Freddie Bidwell

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Rated R for language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,751,490 (USA) (23 April 2004)

Gross:

$77,862,546 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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Dakota Fanning learned Spanish for this movie while filming The Cat in the Hat (2003). See more »

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Captioning mistranslation. Fuentes tells Samuel that he has been authorized to participate "ex officio", and the caption translates this as "unofficially". However, "ex officio" means "by virtue of the office", in this case Fuentes' position in the Anti-Kidnapping Division. See more »

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Pita: Dear God, I do not ask for health or wealth. People ask you so often that you can't have any left. Give me, God, what else you have. Give me what no-one else asks for. Amen.
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Oye Como Va
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3 Denzels and 1 Dakota For Your Money
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a gritty, get-the-bad guys revenge story starring a relentless and rough Denzel Washington. He's three personalities here: a down-and-out-low-key-now drunk- former mercenary, then a loving father-type person to a little girl and then a brutal maniac on the loose seeking answers and revenge.

The story is about Washington hired to be a bodyguard for a little American girl living in Mexico, where kidnappings of children occur regularly (at least according to the movie.) He becomes attached to the kid, played winningly by THE child actress of our day, Dakota Fanning. When Fanning is kidnapped in front of him, Washington goes after the men responsible and spares no one. Beware: this film is not for the squeamish.

This is stylish film-making, which is good and bad. I liked it, but a number of people found it too frenetic for their tastes as the camera-work is one that could give you a headache. I thought it fit the tense storyline and was fascinating to view, but it's (the shaky camera) not for all tastes.

Besides the two stars, there is the always-interesting Christopher Walken, in an uncharacteristically low-key role, and a number of other fine actors.

The film panders to the base emotions in all of us, but it works.


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