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RECAP: Man on Fire (2004)

Man on Fire (2004): Tony Scott

One of our more underrated action directors, Tony Scott remade a 1987 Mexican movie called Man on Fire.

Denzel Washington, still basking in his Oscar win for Best Actor in Training Day, embarked on a still-ongoing lone-man action bender.

Man on Fire was as good a movie as any for these two under-the-radar giants to meet and make a movie.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A down-on-himself ex-CIA agent takes a job as a bodyguard and avenges a young girl after he fails to prevent her kidnapping, setting some people on fire in the process.  Continue Reading

RECAP: The Equalizer

The Equalizer (2014): Antoine Fuqua

Denzel Washington has spent much of his career being America’s sexiest man, charming all moviegoers with his million-dollar smile and 2.3 billion-dollar worldwide box office handsomeness.

In the current century he’s discovered a new talent: ass kicking. With Man on Fire, The Book of Eli, and 2 Guns, Denzel’s occupied a niche quickly expanding in Hollywood: old guys killing people.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Loner badass Bob McCall right wrongs across Boston, sells lumber in spare time.  Continue Reading

RECAP: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven (2016): Antoine Fuqua

Fifty-six years after the original American adaptation of Seven Samurai, Antoine Fuqua reteams with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, the pair he directed in Training Day.

Fuqua takes the tale of American gunslingers and moves it north of the Mexican border, to a beleaguered town called Rose Creek.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Seven gunslingers gather to guard a western town from a dastardly, so dastardly villain. Continue Reading