Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Man on Fire

Last night I watched Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington. This film would perhaps be more aptly named Man Unhinged. This movie is extremely violent. Denzel plays a Marine that is hired to protect a little girl in Mexico City. When bad things happen to that little girl, Denzel launches a brutal assault on the perpetrators.

At one point, Christopher Walken's character says, "Creasy's [Denzel] art is death, and he's about to paint his masterpiece." And, Denzel would not disagree. At one point, an old man tells Denzel that the Bible says to forgive. Denzel declares, "Forgiveness is between them and God. It's my job to arrange the meeting." I love lines like that.

Don't get me wrong, Denzel does not play the same type of anti-hero that he plays in Training Day. His character in this movie is truly a good guy. But, his methods are truly brutal and maybe more intense than many viewers would anticipate.