Man Apart [Import]
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There are numerous flaws in this movie, with just enough entertainment value to rate it a high one-star. Most glaringly to me was the loose way Diesel's character does little to protect his identity from criminals, showing up at press conferences and living in a nice beach house (how can he afford such a house...perhaps he's not as clean as depicted). It's little wonder his wife is killed. He abuses his power and blows operations, yet somehow we're supposed to feel he's wronged when he is suspended.
For those who want action, there is a good deal of it, but most of it is in poorly lit situations, making the action hard to follow. The one daytime shootout is vaguely reminiscent of the far superior shootout in Heat; yet even this scene is uninteresting, as by this point, the little sympathy for the character is completely gone.
Diesel is usually better than this. Unfortunately (a word I need to use repeatedly in this review), while he would never be expected to be the next Olivier, in this film, he seems interested in being the next Steven Seagal. He can do a lot better than this movie.
Former gang banger turned DEA Agent Sean Vetter makes the biggest bust of his career taking down the biggest drug distributor on the West Coast. Before he can celebrate his victory his wife is killed in a plot of revenge. Vetter must cope with his lose while setting out to find the people who killed his wife while keeping a new drug lord from taking over the turf.
THE COOL THINGS:
This is your standard macho tough guy "take no prisoners" movie. Diesel's cool "tough guy" persona shines through as he makes the rounds kicking butt and taking names of all the bad guy drug dealers out there. The powerful undertones of loss and companionship as Vetter's boys help him out makes the movie touching as well as a good action flick.
THE DVD EXTRAS:
DVD special fiends are in for a disappointment here as the movie only has 7 deleted scenes (all crappy) and trailers to speak for it. Surprisingly there's no commentary or featurettes to speak of.
"A Man Apart" makes a solid rental for the evening and is definitely worth a watch. As far getting the DVD goes, with no features to speak of this one is probably only worth the pick up by true Diesel fans and collectors.
Movie: 4 stars
Extras: 3 stars
Total: 3.5 stars
At this point, it's getting hard to imagine F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator, Friday, The Italian Job) directing a bad movie. Gray specializes in quick, tense, mindless action thrillers, and he seemingly never fails to deliver on the goods.
Take A Man Apart. While it may well win the race for dumbest movie title of the year (original title Diablo was scrapped after a threatened lawsuit from Blizzard Entertainment, who are doing a movie of the videogame franchise of the same name), there's nothing at all wrong with the movie itself. Vin Diesel plays Sean Vetter, a narcotics officer involved in the taking down of drug kingpin Memo (Geno Silva, who ironically appeared in the TV movie El Diablo thirteen years before) Lucero. When a new guy known only as Diablo moves in to take over Santos' old operation, he begins by trying to take out Vetter. The assassins fail, but in the process, Vetters' wife Stacey (Jacqueline Obradors, recently of NYPD Blue and Tortilla Soup) is hit by a stray bullet and killed. I don't think anyone will be surprised when Vetter and his partner Demetrius (Larenz Tate of Menace II Society fame) start cleaning house.
It's an old and well-used plot, and I'm sure a lot of people saw the twist coming at the end. (I didn't.) What makes the movie work, and work very well, is the chemistry between the characters. Gray gets emotion out of Vin Diesel for the first (and possibly last) time since Multi-Facial. The chemistry between Diesel and Tate is the best buddy-cop stuff since the first Lethal Weapon movie. It all works very well.
Two hours of pure, brainless entertainment. Naked women, things blowing up, and Riddick and O-Dogg shooting lots of people. How can you possibly go wrong? *** ½
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A Man Apart
A 2009 Alliance Home Video blu-ray release
Video: 1080p, 1.78:1 aspect ratio (original aspect ratio is 2.39:1)
Audio: English 5. Read more
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This is, as everyone knows, Vin Diesel's proof that he has range and depth with a character emotionally. He himself has said he loves getting in tune with a character. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Christine Carrier
1 star = abysmal; some books deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; a total waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
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