Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Tony Scott delivered a masterclass in popcorn filming with Man On Fire – an intense, stylish and hyper violent revenge thriller that grabs you by the throat and never lets go across it’s (long) run time. Yet oddly it’s also yet another Scott film that critics didn’t connect with, holding a very low 38% rotten score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes (but 89% from fans). Washington brings his considerable presence to the role of John Creasy and you truly believe his connection with newcomer Dakota Fanning’s Pita, and the lengths he needs to go to for retribution both for her and for him. The visual style may not be everyone’s cup of tea but Scott takes a pretty well trodden story and does something interesting with it.
Best Bit: “Creasy’s art is death. He’s about to paint his masterpiece”
Worth A Rewatch: Yes. Man On Fire is an adrenaline rush of a movie
If You Liked this Try: Death Wish, Harry Brown, The Equalizer