Man on Fire - opening scene
The strengths of the opening scene are firstly the way they have birds eye views of the area so that the viewer can get an idea for the area and how densely populated and built up it is. Another strength is how they use the fact after about 30 seconds to really set the tone for the film ' there is one kidnapping every 60 minutes in Latin America. 70 % of the victims do not survive." This give the viewer an idea of how regularly that area has kidnappings , this is then followed up really well by a short clip of a man getting taken and forced into a van in plain view of hundreds of people. One more strength is how they use pictures of multiple families in distress and this shows that this isn't uncommon.
There is many weaknesses in this intro but one of the ones i thought they had was the fact that the intro contained non of the characters that were part of the film it was just showing the setting and a random kidnapping , I think that it would have been better if the opening scene related to the people that actually got affected even if it was just a small section of them at lunch.
Overall I think that it is a very interesting and thrilling intro and gives a great start to the film , it really sets the theme and the way that life isn't regarded very highly and people don't really know what to do to help and stop it. They just have to put up the fact that it happens and hope it doesn't happen to them.
Then the fact that is used ' there is one kidnapping every 60 minutes in Latin America. 70 % of the victims do not survive."put a negative image in the viewers mind and the reason for the director doing that is because if will get a reaction from the viewer and should provoke a response and would make them want to watch the film. If the intro was slow and dull people wouldn't watch past that and then they would lose there audience.