''Man on Fire'' is one of the 10 movies we can't wait to see in early 2004
WHAT IT IS An adaptation of A.J. Quinnell's incendiary novel about a Marine avenging a family he was ''sworn to protect'' (a 1987 version starred Scott Glenn as the titular ''Man''). Flashbacks featuring Dakota Fanning (''The Cat in the Hat'') piece the mystery together.
WHY WE CAN'T WAIT Denzel Washington as a badass: We like him better when he's not a Goody Two-shoes.
BURNING QUESTION Can Washington (pictured with Fanning) break the pattern of his last two, underperforming films (''Antwone Fisher'' and ''Out of Time'') and fire up the box office?
COME FOR Director Tony Scott's blazing action scenes
STAY FOR Costars Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke: Together, they're a one-two punch of quirk.