'Fire' burns with intensity (Variety)

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Variety - Denzel Washington again rewardingly explores his unsavory side in &quot;Man on Fire,&quot; one of the more absorbing and palatable entries in the rather disreputable &quot;Death Wish&quot;-style self-appointed vigilante sub-genre. Heavily influenced by the fashionably rough style of recent Latin American hits &quot;City of God&quot; and &quot;Amores Perros,&quot; director Tony Scott and his capable screenwriter Brian Helgeland serve up a triple shot of south-of-the-border java about a burned out U.S. government assassin who finds redemption in his efforts to redress the wrongs springing from a little girl's kidnapping. Fox release, bowing in New York and Los Angeles today in advance of wide opening Friday, may prove too long and heavy to fully attract the &quot;Training Day&quot; crowd, and could suffer a bit from the current mini-glut of R-rated revenge-themed pix. But star's status and some strong notices should generate solid mid-level biz, with good returns down the line in ancillary markets.<br><br>View the Entire Article
 
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