After watching the 2004 Denzel Washington film Man on Fire, I’m going to have to dig out the original which featured Scott Glenn.
That’s because I really like the film and as actors, I admire them both.
Man on Fire is about a burned-out, guilt-ridden, hard-drinking ex-CIA agent named John Creasy (Denzel Washington), who gets a second lease of life when he’s hired to protect nine-year-old Lupita ‘Pita’ Ramos (Dakota Fanning).
She’s the daughter of Mexican businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony) and his American-born wife Lisa (Radha Mitch).
Creasy is all business to start with, laying down the law to the parents, who live in Mexico City where danger lurks around every corner.
The family isn’t happy, but he explains it’s do or die.
The battle-scarred Creasy should be dead, after trying to shoot himself — but his gun misfired.
He keeps the bullet as a reminder.
Unexpectedly, Creasy finds himself drawn to the girl, who is not getting the support she should from her parents.
With his help and advice, she achieves better results in the pool at her competitive school.
Creasy is devastated when she is kidnapped.
He is wounded and nearly killed in the process — but he’s a tough customer.
A $10 million ransom is demanded and he will stop at nothing to get her back.
While recovering from his injuries, Miguel Manzano, a Mexican Federal Agent (Giancarlo Giannini) hides Creasy in a vet clinic — to protect him from corrupt police.
The injured man also receives help from reporter Mariana Garcia Guerrero (Rachel Ticotin), who wants to expose “La Hermanidad” (The Brotherhood) — the gang responsible for the kidnap (and many others).