Tag: tony scott

MOVIE REVIEW | Man on Fire (2004)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Tony Scott and Denzel Washington are so committed to all of these clichés in such a real, genuine way.  If there’s a joke, they’re not in on it.”

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“Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.”

I find myself dismissing action movies a lot.  But when I do watch them, I more often than not really enjoy them.  Until my movie snobbery makes me forget that, and I dismiss the genre again   But I really need to just accept that a well made movie is a well made movie.  Even if its genre isn’t the most cerebral.  Because sometimes all you need is a tight script, well shot action set pieces here and there, and an awesome ass kicker in the lead role.  Sometimes all you need is something like Man on Fire.

Former special forces soldier, former government spook, current drunk, Creasy (Denzel Washington) is in need of work.  His old friend Rayburn (Christopher Walken) is able to help via his security firm, getting a Creasy a gig guarding a family in Mexico.   Specifically, guarding their young daughter, Pita (Dakota Fanning).  Kidnappings in the country are so frequent, it’s common for family’s like Pita’s to take out kidnapping insurance.  But their current policy has lapsed, hence the need for Creasy. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Crimson Tide (1995)


“God help you if you’re wrong. “

While Ridley might be the one with the prestige career and Oscar nominations, I think Tony might be the more consistent of the brothers Scott. For every great movie in Ridley’s filmography, like Alien, or Bladerunner, or Blackhawk Down, you get a couple of creatively devoid shit bombs. Like A Good Year, or Robin Hood, or GI Jane, or Gladiator. Sure, he scores 9/10 every now and again, but his average is brought down by a few 2/10 and 3/10 efforts.

Tony on the other hand? Tony Scott may have made basic genre pictures, but he made them consistently well. Pretty much everything is a 7/10 or 8/10 across the board. Movies like Top Gun, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Man on Fire… They’re B grade fluff, but they’re meticulously made B grade fluff, always bringing infectious joy and excitement to even the most outlandish of action movie premises. And his best example of all of that may just be Crimson Tide. (more…)