- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Jan. 8 2008
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000Y2Q9HW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,019 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Man on Fire / L'Homme en Feu (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
Style trumps substance in Man on Fire, a slick, brooding reunion of Crimson Tide star Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott. The ominous, crime-ridden setting is Mexico City, where a dour, alcoholic warrior with a mysterious Black Ops past (Washington) seeks redemption as the devoted bodyguard of a lovable 9-year-old girl (the precociously gifted Dakota Fanning), then responds with predictable fury when she is kidnapped and presumably killed. Prolific screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, L.A. Confidential) sets a solid emotional foundation for Washington's tormented character, and Scott's stylistic excess compensates for a distended plot that's both repellently violent and viscerally absorbing. Among Scott's more distracting techniques is the use of free-roaming, comic-bookish subtitles... even when they're unnecessary! Adapted from a novel by A.J. Quinnell and previously filmed as a 1987 vehicle for Scott Glenn, Man on Fire is roughly on par with Scott's similar 1990 film Revenge, efficiently satisfying Washington's incendiary bloodlust under a heavy blanket of humid, doom-laden atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Denzil Washington plays a remorseful former assassin whose friend (played by Christopher Walking) helps him. We enjoyed Chris Walking's character . . . Great acting by all! Denzil Washington's restitution for his past is sweet.
See Denzel Washington give a commanding performance. He really commands presence on the screen. He's such a powerful actor.
The extras were sorely lacking, but for the price I paid, I am happy with the product. I received delivery within the standard disclosed timeframes and the product arrived in good shape.
Overall, I am happy with the product and service.
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There is a disconnect between Denzel Washington's supposed character, in the first half of the film, and that same character, in the second...Read more