Rich variations of green and blue palette accompanied with appropriate music selection - whether it is acoustic guitar, mariachi or synth - create an unique atmosphere, through which heat of Mexican streets can be almost felt. Well structured story and unusual use of violence for your average action thriller, bring an epic journey of revenge and redemption through which 2 and a half hours run pretty quickly.
Denzel Washington gives a powerhouse performance in this art house action film. Tony Scott was a true visionary filmmaker that made you feel every ounce of emotion in his films and this one was a start of a brand new style of his that he would continue for the rest of his career.
Denzel Washington is highly effective as hired gun, but Hollywood are cowards and don't dare go through with the darker part of the source novel and the ending is much weaker and makes no sense. Tony Scott's glossy and never-boring music video style editing and direction help the film become a entertaining popcorn movie, but the potential with this movie is a lot huger than what they managed.
An intense if predictable action thriller from Tony Scott - it's not one of his best and certainly not original but Washington's performance is effective and it's certainly watchable. Unfortunately, there's too many quick cuts that can make it jarring but despite this it still manages to be entertaining.
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.