When DEA agent Vetter is crossed by a Mexican drug cartel he wages an all out war against them. Set on avenging the death of his wife, Vetter becomes determined to take down the newest drug boss. The mysterious Diablo.
Vin Diesel (Vetter), Larenz Tate (Hicks), Timothy Olyphant (Hollywood Jack), Geno Silva (Memo), Jacqueline Obradors (Stacy), Steve Eastin (Ty), Juan Fernandez (Mateo), Jeff Kober (Joe), Marco Rodriguez (Hondo).
A Man Apart starts off well with good action, pace, and character development. It is when plot development gets going that we realize this has been done before. Many times. And much better. Basically Vetter angers a Mexican drug cartel, the cartel replies by killing his wife, Vetter goes postal and declares war on the cartel. The plot is less than surprising with an ending that is less than satisfying.
Diesel tries hard in this one to show he has a soft side but in the end his best delivery comes during the action scenes. Tate is an interesting supporting choice and does fairly well. Olyphant was fun as usual and his quirky side fit his role well. The remainder of the supporting cast was mediocre throughout the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fairly well done along with effects. Physical stunts were well done as was CGI. Dialogue was actually pretty good and kept the film moving. Sound and soundtrack were decent.
Overall A Man Apart is a decent action flick for a lazy afternoon though it probably isn’t one that would qualify for multiple viewings. There just isn’t enough originality or energy to set it apart from other films. Diesel fans or extreme action junkies will likely enjoy this the most.
With foul language, extensive violence, drug abuse, nudity and sexuality this should actually be fine for older teens and above.
A Man Apart is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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