Tony Scott at the height of his visual power, held back by some, shall we say, disturbing ideological undertones that make the beauty the ugliest he ever shot. The second half plays a bit too much like a disturbing movie pretending to be fun, only justifiable if you want to call it ironic. Makes me miss Lang, a master of revenge, who knew how to strike the right tone of moral ambiguity. 3 stars.
I get why people criticize this film but I haven't had a film bring real tears to my eyes in so long. I just love it and all of it's darkness. It seems too honest and sad to come from someone who is constantly claimed to be working in the "main stream".
Truly fabulous film. A well-rounded, sprawling (in a good way) thriller that gets better with every viewing. Here, Scott's hyper-kinetic style isn't a gimmick; it suits Creasy's drunken, outraged psyche perfectly. Washington and Fanning also have perfect, affecting, believable chemistry.
Loved it - loved almost everything about it. I loved the editing that so many complain about. I loved the story and how it could have felt like two distinct, disjointed films, yet Scott manages to hold it all together. The story really hit me. It feels like a 21st century Alfredo Garcia, and now ranks on my list of the most underrated films of the last decade, as well as among my favorites.
A film fully in tune with the lead character's pain, which then fully illustrates that pain thru formal means. The film's more cheesy moments don't help it all that much (Creasy Bear?) but seriously the latter half of the film is like THE SEARCHERS, but with even more self-destruction and occasional lapses into the risible (C4 up the butt).
The start of Scott's reinvention, Man on Fire displays the daring of his brazenly sensual action filmmaking but creates a frustratingly typical story that is so brilliant when bringing out Creasy's old self but so reductive when that anger is actually directed at someone. Scott would hone his new skills on Domino and Deja Vu and would make better straightforward movies w/ Pelham and Unstoppable.
Had potential. Liked that Scott spent time trying to develop the relationship between Creasey and the girl; did not completely like the results. Action (torture) sequences and any subplots pretty boring after that. Denzel wasn't great in this role, either.
Fiel a los estereotipos del cine gringo, en esta rutinaria cinta de acción se describe a la Ciudad de México -y al país en general- como un infierno tercermundista, habitado por seres esencialmente corruptos y asesinos; sin embargo, lo que si resultaba castrante era escuchar en México la opinión de algunos espectadores y críticos nacionales alabando del modo más estúpido posible los planteamientos racistas de Scott.