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Man on Fire (2004)

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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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A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents. In one six-day period, there were twenty-four abductions, leading many to hire bodyguards for their children. Into this world enters John Creasy, a burned-out ex-CIA operative/assassin, who has given up on life. Creasy's friend Rayburn brings him to Mexico City to be a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos, daughter of industrialist Samuel Ramos and his wife Lisa. Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a youngster, but for lack of something better to do, he accepts the assignment. Creasy barely tolerates the precocious child and her pestering questions about him and his life. But slowly, she chips away at his seemingly impenetrable exterior, his defenses drop, and he opens up to her. Creasy's new-found purpose in life is shattered when Pita is kidnapped. Despite being seriously wounded during the kidnapping, he vows to kill anyone ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Forgiveness is between them and God...My job is to arrange the meeting. See more »


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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)

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$77,862,546 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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In this movie, Pita's dad got her a puppy named Sam. This is a play on the fact that Dakota Fanning played the daughter of a man with the mind of a child in I Am Sam (2001). See more »

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Dakota's baby teeth seem to change around quite a bit. See more »

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Pita: [about Creasy] I think he's been sick. He's all right now, but I think he's been very, very sick.
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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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