Note: The obvious movie reference would be "Taken" but I don't think the story was nearly as good. People complained a bit about "Man on Fire" being slow to start. Those people aren't parents. Those people didn't see the love story that transformed Creasy. Without getting to know Creasy, Pita, and Lisa, the story would have meant nothing - it would have been as empty as "Taken". I have to work very hard to remember any of the scenes from Taken yet just reading qoutes from "Man on Fire" gives me chills. Denzel Washington didn't play a cold blooded killer. He played a man on fire who understood damnation and redemption inteimately - and convinced us that he would do anything to get Pita back because he loved her more than life itself, not becuase it was in the script.
When was the last time you were on fire? Alive with burning purpose?
Man on Fire earned it's rating for language and graphic, brutal violence. It is not a borderline PG-13 film.