Burnt-out ex-CIA operative John Creasy (Washington) has lost faith in humanity and is set on a path of self-destruction, until he is hired to protect the young daughter (Dakota Fanning) of a wealthy family in Mexico City. But, when the little girl is kidnapped, Creasy unleashes a firestorm of relentless vengeance against those responsible.
Denzel has grown with the years to become an actor who can command the screen. And in this film he does just that. His portrayal of a man tortured who finds hope- a man to whom violence is his nature, but who discovers gentleness within him- is above all things, beleivable. A Warning though- there are moments in this film that will make you wince (like when he despatches his enemies). Recommended for watching with a group of friends (mixed).
This is probably the best Denzel Washington film i've ever seen he was fantastic he was beleivable and cool. The other cast members were also outstanding. Its length is also justifyed. (Warning its a 18 for a reason.)
Although its a while before anything really happens, I like how this film spends time to show you the bond thats, forceably at first, built between the girl and her bodyguard. Thus you care when it all goes off. Washington is great as the cool, calm but lethal weapon with a no-nonsense attitude and his path through the storyline, for me, is believable. Can't say anything about the end without spoiling it. There are moments throughout, of purposely shakey camera work and quick zooms and panning for effect, I found it annoying more than anything but it didn't spoil it. A good film!