Denzel Washington's thriller Man on Fire, which is one of his most underrated films, has become a surprise global hit on Netflix with millions of subscribers watching it.

Man on Fire was directed in 2004 by the late Tony Scott and stars Denzel Washington as John Creasy, a heavy drinking ex-CIA operative, who lands a job as a bodyguard to a nine-year-old girl Pita (played by Dakota Fanning).

In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. Director: Tony ...

Denzel is hired by Pita’s wealthy family to protect her after a wave of kidnappings in Mexico city. Pita is abducted under Denzel's watch and he vows to do whatever it takes to track the culprits.

The film which is more than a decade old received mixed reviews from critics after its initial release. It grossed over $130 million at the box office and has a 38% review on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The chemistry between Washington and Fanning is the main reason why the story works. Without it, Man on Fire would just be a big dumb loud violent music video,” wrote one dissatisfied reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Denzel Washington’s fans on social media have also been reacting to Man on Fire’s addition on Netflix, with one writing: “Thank you @netflix for reminding me how good #manonfire is.” Here are some more reactions from Twitter: