Sunday, July 26, 2009

Man on Fire

This would have been a meaningless revenge oriented movie if not for two reasons:

1) The relationship between Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. It is so strong, that the climax sets off emotions that are hard to describe

2) Denzel Washington himself! I heard this part was in consideration for several other actors, but having watched him here, it is hard to imagine anyone else.

Dakota Fanning seems to be over smart for her age, but she has a really beautiful smile!

The dialogues in the movie are quite excellent as well. ("Forgiveness is between them and God. It's my job to arrange the meeting.").

It also gives glimpses of how dangerous Mexico City is. I was wondering if it was another Hollywood propaganda or exaggeration, but reading upon real life experiences of people, it does appear to be as dangerous. A city really goes down very badly when the protectors (cops) turn into accomplices of crime or become criminals themselves.

I think this is where Tony Scott and Denzel Washington starting striking up an excellent chemistry for their following movies!

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