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Man On Fire (2004) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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