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on February 13, 2017
Revenge - properly - must be righteous. And it is never more so than in this perfectly cast and brilliant film from Director Tony Scott and writer Brian Helgeland. No one could be more worthy of rescue than 9 yr. old Dakota Fanning, and no one more capable of saving her than Denzel Washington. Denzel has proven himself a master of handling weaponry in a half dozen films at least, and nowhere does he do it with more ruthless efficiency than here. Chris Walken and Mickey Rourke are absolutely perfect in support. If action is your bag, take this one to the bank.
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on January 27, 2017
I thought this was another great Denzel Washington movie. He is like Russell Crowe, play any part. He was excellent in this one, dynamic I would say because the character he plays is. A down on life alcoholic because of th things he's committed in his life. A trip to Mexico to visit an old friend. Maybe his last. He wants God to forgive him for the things he has done although being a devout reader of the bible does not believe God will. A turn in life because of a young girl he's hired to body guard changes all. It's a little predictable but more dynamic than you predict. If not quite as predictable I would give it 5 stars.
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VINE VOICEon April 1, 2017
One of my top five movies, if I had to make a list. The writing, cinematography and just overall style is amazing. The performances put on by both Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning are incredible, their time spent together on screen feels real. From the beginning scenes you can feel the tension, to the climax where you can really feel the love Creasy (Denzels character) has for Pita (Dakota). I understand that this is a remake of a film from the 70's/80's (unsure) however I have not seen the original so I have no comparison as far as accuracy of remake. Several key scenes throughout the film will keep you on edge, as Denzel tears his way through Mexico figuratively as a Man On Fire. If you are looking for an amazing revenge flick, then look no further. Dim the lights, pop the popcorn, grab the drinks and settle in for a non stop ride.
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on June 14, 2014
We love this film. It is a touching but gritty story about a man, played by Denzel Washington, who signs up to be the bodyguard of a little girl from a well-to-do family in Mexico City. The bodyguard has recurring memories of serious combat and drinks to quell the memories. He admits this to the family, and they hire him anyway. After a time, the bodyguard and little girl become fast friends after he trains her to win a school swimming competition while her parents are away. The little girl is kidnapped by Mexican abduction gangsters. It turns out the girl's father is part of the kidnap deal, because he needs the money. Some of the Mexican police who are corrupt aid in the abduction. An honest journalist and the police captain try to find the girl. The bodyguard determines that the fast and best way to get her back is to do it himself. He has all the training he needs in his past to do this. He pursues the gangsters, reveals that the father was part of the abduction and returns the girl to her mother--at mortal cost to himself. Fast paced. Some violence. Beautiful story!
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on April 20, 2018
This is a terrific movie. The title is appropriate, but the director never explained its meaning. The Man of Fire is a fresco in a museum in Guadalajara by Orozco that shows a man either consumed by flames or rising from them— depending on how you look at the painting. It symbolizes the future of Mexico. The Denzel Washington character was at a similar crossroad. He was on a downward spiral until he was rescued by a young girl. The girl was kidnapped and presumed dead, which caused Denzel to seek revenge on anyone involved.

This was an exciting, entertaining movie that I enjoyed very much.
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on March 11, 2014
I'm a woman who has never ever been a fan of any kind of violent film even if it had great performances by its actors. But since been stuck at home due to a extended illness I've been watching a lot of movies that normally in my working life I would have been too busy to see. In my search of films to watch I came upon John Q another Washington film that just blew me away @ made me a fan for life!! I quickly did a search on all his films and each one made me eager to see another. One thing I liked about his films were the story line. None had as yet we're vilolent, suspenseful yes, but no violence. So in choosing this film of his, I only looked to.see who was his co-stars....I had never seen young Dakota Fanning before so that was all I was interested in before I watched it. I loved the start of the movie, Fanning @ Washington were great together! So when she was kidnapped I knew there was bound to be much intensity ahead. I was not turned off at all by the violence because I was mesmerized by Washington's stunning performance!! Anyone who knows me would be shocked to know that I loved this movie! Now its not my favorite film of his but it's one of his greatest performance!! What a versatile actor he is!! So with that said I give my favorite actor 5 solid stars!!
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on July 26, 2016
A great Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning movie. Believe this movie put Dakota on the map. Dakota and Denzel really made a great combo in this movie. I really connected with the Creasy character, a man haunted by the years of danger and violence he dealt with working as a special ops contractor. It's great how you see this little girl he's hired to protect open him up and help him find some peace and happiness. And his brand of justice he brings down upon the men involved with her kidnapping and believed murder. Glad to have gotten the blu-ray version of this movie.
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on July 1, 2017
This movie is really not for kids and just misses the mark of excellence. This is purely a personal opinion, but just some very subtle changes I think it could have really been flawless. It does have a great cast and good story. It does not really have the sort of smooth rhythm that you would except in a Denzel Washington project. Maybe because he is so good, after awhile you expect to much. Anyway, well worth the purchase and give it a shot. I might be to hard on it. It is a very fast paced and exciting film, just not for kids. Enjoy...
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Great tale of revenge and redemption. Fantastic action sequences, classic dialogue, a pretty damn interesting thriller storyline, and brillant acting by all the main actors.

I ended up buying this one - even after having rented it three or four times.

Absolutely worth a rental if you are in the mood for a good revenge story...
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on January 3, 2015
This has been my facvorite Denzell movie for a long time and the way things are going it will remain so. This is simply a great movie in every respect. Action packed, great acting on the part of EVERYONE and simply one hell of a good movie. What is weird is that Juarez is in truth MUCH WORSE a place in reality than the hell hole it is portrayed as in this movie. Been there, seen the reality and couldn't get out fast enough. Juarez isnt a gateway to a third world country it is a fourth world country all to itself.
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