Saw Man on Fire on the weekend. Meh.
Here's the synopsis: Ex-assasin/mercenary type takes on a job as a bodyguard, for a family in Mexico. Daughter gets kidnapped. Man goes bananas, and kills everyone involved with the kidnapping. The End.
Normally, this would be the type of movie I would like. It was just done badly. Here are the two major problems I had with it:
- Because it's Denzel, they didn't want to show him as a cold-blooded killer, without giving lots of justification for it. So they spent like an hour showing his relationship with the girl. Aww! The cold-blooded killer has a heart! Isn't that touching? (Answer to rhetorical question: No. It wasn't. It just wasted a lot of time, at the beginning of the movie.)
- The director was doing really weird, distracting things with the camera. It
- made the movie take longer than it should have, because every scene was twice as long as it had to be, with all of the camera motion going on
- made it hard to follow what was going on, because you're so disctracted by the camera movements you forget to listen to the dialog