Man on Fire

August 7, 2011


One line review: Man on Fire seems to start out as a dramatic, heart-felt story, then suddenly turns into a precursor of Taken for the 2nd half of the movie, leaving the entire movie as a confusing mess.

Movie Title: Man on Fire

Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Rachel Ticotin, Jesús Ochoa, Mickey Rourke, Angelina Peláez, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Gero Camilo, Rosa María Hernández, Heriberto Del Castillo

Director: Tony Scott

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 39% – Man on Fire starts out well, but goes over the top in the violent second half.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I have no idea what this movie wants to be. It might just be an action movie that wanted to give their characters more than two dimensions. It might be a drama that had the action cranked up to try to bring in more viewers. The mental unstability of Creasy is handled very well, and certainly makes you care for the character, the action in the second half is pretty enjoyable too. However, because the two halves of this movie are so far apart it leaves you completely confused when they try to fuse the two together. It’s an okay movie.

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Top Gun

January 17, 2010

One line review: Take your standard action movie, remove 60% of the action and replace it with bromance.

Movie Title: Top Gun

Actors: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Whip Hubley

Director: Tony Scott

Year: 1986

Genre: Action / Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 46% – Once Top Gun gets back to earth, the master of the skies is as clunky as a big land-bound bird.

My rating: **

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): It’s difficult for me to figure out if this movie was ruined for me simply by the boring plot, or by Tom Cruise current crazy antics distracting me whenever he was on screen. Either way, this movie seems like it was made to be on Rifftrax only, and never actually taken seriously. Even if you can muscle your way through an hour of mostly boring scenes of the drama of fighter pilot school, the action itself is too chaotic to actually follow. This movie simply feels empty, as though it’s struggling to fill time with half-naked guys and playing Danger Zone.

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