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Man on Fire
(2004)
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Co-Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Composed and Co-Conducted by:
Stephen Barton

Co-Composed and Arranged by:
Lisa Gerrard
Justin Caine Burnett
Toby Chu
Meri Gavin

Performed by:
The Seattle Session Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 27th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are confident with what you heard in the film, because without reference points to the narrative, this music could send you onto the streets looking for someone to maim.

Avoid it... if you don't care for pervasively disjointed, confused, and poorly rendered mixing of Lisa Gerrard's voice, brutal synthetic loops, and unnecessary sound effect samples into a score that fails to live up to its potential.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #496
WRITTEN 2/5/05, REVISED 10/10/11
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Man on Fire: (Harry Gregson-Williams) A remake of the 1987 Elie Chouraqui film of the same name, 2004's Man on Fire places Denzel Washington in the role previously occupied by Scott Glenn and shifts the location of the original A.J. Quinnell story from Italy to Mexico. After a string of tense crime and action thrillers, director Tony Scott updated Man on Fire with all the sensibilities of Jerry Bruckheimer-style illogic and a super-artsy, often-blurred cinematography that will hopefully someday soon be banned from Hollywood. Scott had originally pushed to direct the 1987 version but was turned down because of his inexperience. Critics weren't impressed with the director's obsession, though if you enjoy seeing Washington's enflamed nostrils in close-up shots and Mexico's reputation smeared in every which way by the story, then Man on Fire will likely be entertaining for you. The remake fared relatively well at the box office, partly due to the fantastic performances by the lead actors, and it spurred considerable interest in Harry Gregson-Williams' score. Fitting a similar mould as other Gregson-Williams collaborations with Scott, Man on Fire has all the edgy, modern urban atmospheres that lead naturally to the rougher, more synthesized angle made acceptable and popular by projects of the then recent past handled by other Media Ventures or Hans Zimmer-related artists. Murders, kidnappings, and retribution are the themes of the day, and a little of the usual Heitor Pereira guitar music for the Latin elements is obligatory (more influence of this tone in the score would have been appropriate), but Gregson-Williams faced his most interesting challenge when attempting to interpolate the harsh action motifs associated with the vigilante pursuit of justice by Washington's bodyguard character with the soft and tender melodic ideas for Dakota Fanning as the young girl kidnapped. It's easy to hear that Scott, whether explicitly or otherwise, asked Gregson-Williams to pump up the testosterone level for Man on Fire to levels exceeding even the techno-thriller Enemy of the State, for the cues driven by synthetic loops are brutal in their volume and intent. If you throw in the use of several Latin source songs, a little more non-English, new-age work from the ever-popular Lisa Gerrard, some score contributions from other composers, and, as previously mentioned, the softer character themes for restrained strings and piano, then you get the potential for one very muddy end product. And mud is what you get.



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Average: 2.83 Stars
***** 62 5 Stars
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Man on Fire
Corinne Duval Hartsfield - August 18, 2005, at 1:42 a.m.
1 comment  (3025 views)
better than mozart!   Expand >>
Rory Noke - August 15, 2005, at 4:07 a.m.
3 comments  (3217 views)
Newest: June 26, 2012, at 3:48 a.m. by
Jon Adamich
lyrics 4 creasy dies(the end)   Expand >>
matt blake - July 12, 2005, at 6:59 p.m.
4 comments  (13087 views)
Newest: September 22, 2017, at 2:06 p.m. by
Tammy ryan
A Question for those who own the soundtrack
Christian Harding - March 20, 2005, at 2:58 p.m.
1 comment  (2409 views)
I prefer the score the way John Scott had composed it! *NM*
TimT - February 16, 2005, at 10:24 a.m.
1 comment  (1883 views)
inaccurate
Jake - February 16, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.
1 comment  (1977 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:54
• 1. Una Palabra - performed by Carlos Parela (1:19)
• 2. Main Title (3:03)
• 3. Taxi (0:53)
• 4. El Paso (0:41)
• 5. Creasy's Room (0:34)
• 6. The Rave (4:23)
• 7. Pita's Sorrow (1:47)
• 8. Nightmare (1:06)
• 9. Bullet Tells the Truth (1:36)
• 10. Followed (1:02)
• 11. Smiling (0:48)
• 12. You Are Her Father (1:43)
• 13. No Mariachi (0:43)
• 14. The Drop (2:38)
• 15. Angel Vengador - performed by Gabriel Gonzalez (1:22)
• 16. You Betrayed Me (1:12)
• 17. She's Dead (0:43)
• 18. The Crime Scene (0:57)
• 19. Pita's Room (1:48)
• 20. Gonzalez (1:37)
• 21. Oye Como Va - performed by Kinky (4:40)
• 22. La Nina (1:49)
• 23. Creasy's Art is Death (0:54)
• 24. The Voice (2:59)
• 25. Sanchez Family (4:43)
• 26. The Rooftop (5:07)
• 27. The End - performed by Lisa Gerrard (9:34)
• 28. Man on Fire Remix - performed by Lisa Gerrard (3:41)

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