Man on Fire
- 2 hr 26 min
Man on Fire is a 2004 action/thriller movie based on a 1980 A. J. Quinnell novel. The 2004 version is the second time this same book was adapted to film, with the first in 1987. This incarnation of the movie stars a great cast with, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke. The majority of the story unfolds in Mexico City, where kidnapping is an everyday business for some. Pita Ramos, played by Dakota Fanning, is the child of a wealthy businessman and to satisfy his insurance company her father must hire a bodyguard for her. John Creasy, played by Denzel Washington, is the former U. S. Marine Forces Recon officer and CIA agent, turned alcoholic, her father hires. Creasy admits his alcoholism to the father who just asks that his with not find out. As the story progresses, Despite the best efforts of Creasy, Pita is kidnapped. During the kidnapping Creasy is seriously injured. After being released from the hospital he is haunted by the images of the kidnapping and takes it upon himself to try to get the little girl back. With the help of a local reporter, Creasy cuts a wide swath of vengeance and blood, across Mexico City in his search for young Pita. An apparent error in the delivery of the ransom money to the kidnappers, seems to get the hostage, Pita, killed. Creasy continues following his leads bent upon revenge. He is led to a corrupt local police force and eventually on to those who masterminded the plot and the man who carried it out. With these and many other masterful plot twists, director Tony Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland, will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. This movie delivers some great action, suspense and more than enough plot twists to keep you interested throughout.