bodyguard – Man on Fire (2004)


Samual Ramos (Mark Anthony) hires a bodyguard to protect his daughter after series of confirmed kidnappings in Mexico City. The bodyguard John Creasy (Denzel Washington) is washed up from being in the military and since than has formed a drinking problem. Recomended by his friend Rayburn (Christopher Walken), Creasy lands the job with Ramos. He explains to Ramos how his drinking might be a problem but Ramos decides to give him the job anyhow.

When Creasy meets the girl he will be protecting, 9-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning), he shows his lack of enthusiam towards interaction with children. Pita wears down Creasy with her curious questions until he finally begins to open up to her. As they form a friendship Creasy begins to question his drinking pattern forms a new view on life. Creasy helps Pita prepare for swim competitions acting as a mentor and a coach. Creasy’s new life is broken when Pita is kidnapped after her piano rehearsal. Creasy who was shot and injured during the kidnapping is arrested by Corrupt Mexican City Police officers.

Rayburn gets Creasy out of the hospital where he can recover and rehabilitate with being around cops. Creasy vows to kill anyone who had a part in Pita’s kidnapping. His connections with a woman in the AFI lead him to a corrupt organization run by a man known as “The Voice”.

His trails eventually lead him to a kidnapper whom he bounds naked in a car parked at the top of a steep hill. He tortures him for information by cutting off his fingers and using the car’s cigarette lighter to stop the bleeding. He then pushes the car off the cliff killing the man.

Ironically he then kidnaps the corrupt head of anti-kidnapping division. Creasy’s victim wakes up tied to the back of a car underneath a busy highway bridge. Creasy reveals to the man that he has a small explosive device in his rectum that will explode in five minutes. The information he gets leads him to “The Voice”.

While searching for “The Voice”, Creasy learns the Samual Ramos and his attorney Jordan Kalfus planned the kidnapping to take a share off the ransom money. Creasy convinces guilt Samual Ramos to shoot himself for having own daughter kidnapped.

While confronting “The Voice”, he must chase down his the man’s brother and wife before capturing them. “The Voice” tells creasy that Pita is still alive and he would like to exchange “a life for a life,” meaning Creasy’s life for Pita’s life.

Creasy drives to an isolated bridge where cars holding Pita are waiting. They both cross the bridge during the exchange meeting in the middle in a long waited reunion. Pita then runs to her mother waiting. Creasy gets in the kidnapper’s car where he drives away. While driving he stares out the window, shuts his eyes and dies from a gunshot wound.


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