A MAN APART

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Release Date: April 04, 2003

Starring: Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate,
Timothy Olyphant, Geno Silva,
and Steve Eastin

Genre: Police Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults
REVIEWER: Dr. Tom Snyder Vin
Diesel has a compelling screen
persona, but his last two
movies, XXX and THE FAST AND
THE FURIOUS, have been
disappointing since he burst
on the screen in 2000 as an
entertaining action hero in
the underrated science fiction
movie PITCH BLACK. A MAN
APART, Diesel's new action
movie, has a fair amount of
heart, but it also fails to
pass the ultimate test for an
action film: would you like to
see it again? This time out,
Diesel plays Sean Vetter, the
lead narcotics officer on a
DEA team run by the federal
government. The movie opens
with Diesel and his team
busting the biggest narcotics
ring in Mexico, led by a man
named Memo, played by Geno
Silva. Despite their success,
a new narcotics ring, run by
an unknown thug calling
himself Diablo, tries to take
over Memo's huge operation,
leaving behind a trail of
vicious murders. When a hitman
from Diablo kills Sean's wife,
but misses Sean, things get
personal. Sean goes on a
vigilante rampage of revenge,
threatening both his career
and his life. A MAN APART is
engrossing in parts (and so is
Diesel's performance), but
it's not anything audiences
haven't seen before at the
movies. In fact, the movie at
times plays like a big budget
production of one of Steven
Seagal's lesser movies.
Furthermore, though Sean
eventually learns the true
meaning of justice, A MAN
APART crosses moral boundaries
in several areas. First, it is
only in the next to last scene
that Sean abandons his
personal march toward revenge
and decides to support
justice. Second, the police
raid on Memo's gang takes
place at a drunken sex party,
where half-naked women parade
before the camera. Third, the
movie is laced throughout with
a heavy barrage of very strong
foul language, more than 120
obscenities and profanities.
Fourth, there are some very
strong scenes of violence,
including a few gruesome shots
of dead corpses and a scene
where the hero goes violently
berserk. Thus, A MAN APART
will not appeal to anyone with
discernment. Please address
your comments to: Robert Shaye
& Michael Lynne
Co-Chairman/Co-CEO New Line
Cinema 116 North Robertson
Blvd. Suite 200 Los Angeles,
CA 90048 Phone: (310) 854-5811
Fax: (310) 659-3568 Website:
www.newline.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 minutes

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Director: F. Gary Gray

Executive Producer:

Producer: Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman,
Joseph Nittolo, and Vin Diesel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael
de Luca, Claire Rudnick
Polstein, F. Gary Gray, and
Robert J. Degus

Writer: Christian Gudegast and Paul
Scheuring

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Content:

(Pa, B, C, Ho, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Mixed pagan worldview with some moral, Christian, homosexual, and immoral elements; about 119 obscenities, including many "f" words, and six strong profanities; very strong violence, including several shootouts, gruesome images of slaughtered men, murder, man beats another man to death, explosion kills mother and her young son; husband and wife caress and nude women dance suggestively with men and each other; upper and rear female nudity, and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunken revelry; smoking and illegal drug smuggling; and, strong theme of revenge rebuked lightly, villain deceives hero, and policeman covers up for his buddy when buddy goes criminally out of control, endangering the lives of other officers, some of whom die.
GENRE: Police Thriller
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Summary:

Vin Diesel is A MAN APART in a new police thriller from Hollywood, where Diesel plays a narcotics officer who goes on the warpath against the mysterious drug kingpin who had his wife murdered. A MAN APART crosses moral boundaries in several areas, including scenes of nude dancing, distasteful violence, an over-abundance of foul language, and a revenge theme that's only lightly rebuked.


Review:

Vin Diesel has a compelling screen persona, but his last two movies, XXX and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, have been disappointing since he burst on the screen in 2000 as an entertaining action hero in the underrated science fiction movie PITCH BLACK. A MAN APART, Diesel's new action movie, has a fair amount of heart, but it also fails to pass the ultimate test for an action film: would you like to see it again?
This time out, Diesel plays Sean Vetter, the lead narcotics officer on a DEA team run by the federal government. The movie opens with Diesel and his team busting the biggest narcotics ring in Mexico, led by a man named Memo, played by Geno Silva. Despite their success, a new narcotics ring, run by an unknown thug calling himself Diablo, tries to take over Memo's huge operation, leaving behind a trail of vicious murders. When a hitman from Diablo kills Sean's wife, but misses Sean, things get personal. Sean goes on a vigilante rampage of revenge, threatening both his career and his life.
A MAN APART is engrossing in parts (and so is Diesel's performance), but it's not anything audiences haven't seen before at the movies. In fact, the movie at times plays like a big budget production of one of Steven Seagal's lesser movies.
Furthermore, though Sean eventually learns the true meaning of justice, A MAN APART crosses moral boundaries in several areas. First, it is only in the next to last scene that Sean abandons his personal march toward revenge and decides to support justice. Second, the police raid on Memo's gang takes place at a drunken sex party, where half-naked women parade before the camera. Third, the movie is laced throughout with a heavy barrage of very strong foul language, more than 120 obscenities and profanities. Fourth, there are some very strong scenes of violence, including a few gruesome shots of dead corpses and a scene where the hero goes violently berserk. Thus, A MAN APART will not appeal to anyone with discernment.
Please address your comments to:
Robert Shaye & Michael Lynne
Co-Chairman/Co-CEO
New Line Cinema
116 North Robertson Blvd.
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
Fax: (310) 659-3568
Website: www.newline.com


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