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DEA agent Sean Vetter sets out to avenge the brutal murder of his wife in a botched hit. As the drug wars rage along the US/Mexican border, a major player from the Baja Cartel is imprisoned and a mysterious figure known as Diablo wrests control over the entire operation. Now, Vetter and his partner must join forces with the jailed Cartel boss to hunt down this dangerous and elusive new player.
PROFANITY: 70 F-words, 17 S-words, 2 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Some female nudity. No sexual activity. VIOLENCE: Lots of brutal killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: The story is about drug lords but there's very little drug use. ACTION: Virtually all the action is due to the violence. It's certainly not a slow movie. COMEDY: There are around a dozen or so funny scenes.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "Gray's direction is kinetic enough that no one in
the audience will become bored, and, despite a few mild plot twists, the
storyline is straightforward enough that only someone who spends an inordinate
amount of time at the snack counter will lose track of what's going on.
Ultimately, however, while A Man Apart is effectively paced and nicely
choreographed, the fundamental letdown of the ending results in a mild sense of
Review Average "A Man Apart sets chunks of nonsense floating down in
a river of action. The elements are all here--the growling macho dialogue, the
gunplay, the drugs, the cops, the revenge--but what do they add up to? Some
sequences make no sense at all, except as kinetic energy.''
Review Average "It's all fast and furious up to its draggy finale, and
yes, it could spark a sequel. Prepare yourself for coming dread in 18 months: A
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "The film works best when it's sticking to the guns
and poses conventions of macho crime pictures. When it reaches for emotional
resonance, the results range from unconvincing to ludicrous. Diesel is a great
screen presence but an actor of limited range, and the scenes in which Tracy and
Sean slow-dance in the sand in front of their suspiciously expensive-looking
beach house are so blissful that her death is inevitable.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These opinions are high, but not quite as high as I thought they would be. Looking at the detailed opinions, it appears that many felt the content was too strong. Too much nudity, violence and profanity were the main comments. I would assume the lower opinions came from these people.
There are however, a large percentage of very high opinions ("Fantastic" and "Excellent") which obviously indicates many moviegoers loved A Man Apart.
If the high level of strong content is not something that would concern you, I would highly recommend A Man Apart.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) An intense, hard hitting police drama where Vin Diesel actually gets to do some real acting. Fans will likely be pleased with his acting and his role. He plays a very tough and dedicated cop with a sensitive side. There's some great gun battle action a decent amount of humor and a very good story that keeps you guessing. I have little doubt that A Man Apart will receive some very high moviegoer opinions.
Sean Vetter (Vin Diesel) and his
partner Demetrius Hicks (Larenz Tate) came up on the mean streets of Los Angeles
but now work together as DEA agents, fighting a seven-year war to stem the
virulent drug pipeline along the US/Mexico border. Dubbed "the
gunslingers" for their tough street tactics, their perseverance pays off
when they take down notorious Baja Cartel kingpin Memo Lucero (Geno Silva).
With Lucero locked away in a maximum
security prison, Vetter is finally able to go home to his wife, Stacy
(Jacqueline Obradors), a sanctuary from the harsh realities of his job.
But in the wake of Lucero's arrest, a
mysterious figure, known only as Diablo, emerges to violently claim the Baja
Cartel. And when Vetter and Hicks set their sights on identifying and stopping
this dangerous and elusive new player, Diablo makes the fight personal –
robbing Vetter of the one person who gives his life meaning – Stacy.
With nothing to lose, Vetter pulls out
every hidden resource at his disposal to bring Diablo down – including an
unlikely alliance with the jailed Cartel boss Lucero. He will stop at nothing to
avenge his wife's murder, edging dangerously close to the line between justice
and lawlessness, even if it sets him at odds with the police unit to which he
has dedicated his life.