Originally Posted by Hollywood
Well, Denzel being "badass" in a movie has little to do with me liking the movie. But for the record, he was a bad ass in Training Day too.
What I didn't like about Man on Fire:
The annoying and obnoxious camera shots from Scott.
Typical "lets get as much shooting, and killing as we possibly can because this will cater to most movie goers."
Training Day had action, shooting, etc in it, but didn't rely on the shooting aspect as much as Man on Fire did which seemed to use killing as the main course of entertainment along side the annoying and the over-rated Dakota Fanning. Man on Fire is Hollywood throwing big dollars at a movie trying to over come weaknesses to make it good. This movie would have been a bigger in previous decades when solo man who can take a million bullets to the chest was the trend.
-arbitrary plot twists
Granted, Training Day is not great, but I think it's good and certainly better than Man on Fire. Despite that I did have 2 problems with Training Day, but they were not enough to make me dislike it. So what things do you dislike about Training Day?
It's uncanny how opposite our views are on this. Pretty much switch what you said for each movie, and that's about how I feel. Although, I do like action, and I didn't think Man on Fire was overdone or "Hollywoodized" like a lot of others out there. In fact, the killing and brutality was a welcomed surprise, because the first time I watched it I really didn't expect his character to go that far. That's what I meant when i said he didn't pull any punches. It would have been watered down with a censored feel had they not included the violence like they did. Training Day to me was predictable, while also being way too far-fetched and "unreal". On top of that, I found it boring and anticlimactic. A real snoozer. Denzel, in this movie, fell short of convincing me that he was indeed a badass, and overall I was disappointed in his acting, although I don't know how much of that was his fault and how much of that was dead on and him just working with the one-dimensional character he was given.
Training Day invoked ZERO emotion, whereas Man on Fire takes you through all kinds of cool feelings and to me, just really seemed to draw you into the characters. The story itself, even just on paper, blows away the plot for Training Day, imo. As for Fanning, she was just a kid! I think she did as good a job any other child actor would do.