He'll deliver more justice in a weekend than 10 years of your courts and tribunals.'' This is said of Creasy (Denzel Washington, wonderfully bruised and ursine), a shadowy CIA assassin-turned-remorseful-drunk-turned-bodyguard to a wealthy Mexico City family, and the statement goes more or less unchallenged, as Tony Scott's hypertensive vengeance thriller unfolds with more symmetry than substance. Creasy, assigned to protect adorable, precocious Pita Ramos (adorable, precocious Dakota Fanning), quickly finds occasion to unleash his inner demons on the evildoers, and we're asked to cheer the terrorist in him because he is our terrorist.
EXTRAS If the torture scenes alone don't make you cringe, flip on the commentary with young Miss Fanning. Don't worry, she covers her eyes during the gorier moments.