A slew of Bruckheimer films are finding their way onto Blu-Ray from Gone in 60 Seconds to Con Air and The Rock. Man On Fire…is not one of them. Although Tony Scott (brother of Academy Award winner Ridley Scott) may be on of Bruckheimer’s protégé but he has certainly stepped out on his own much like Michael Bay has.
Gritty and beautiful, Man On Fire is a thinking-man’s Bruckheimer movie. The rough and “hand held” camera style is something that Bruckheimer was never able to shake from Scott and, with good reason. The sound (helped along by a few Trent Reznor compositions) is booming and rattling.
A fantastic movie that was somehow lost in the shuffle of sub-par movies of 2004. Man On Fire is a haunting look at a surreal yet believable underworld of crime, kidnapping and bodyguards.