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A Man Apart

for strong graphic violence, language, drug content and sexuality.

Reviewed by: K. J.

Moral Rating: Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Crime Drama
Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Year of Release: 2003
USA Release:
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Vin Diesel in A Man Apart, courtesy of New Line Cinema

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Featuring Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant, Jacqueline Obradors, Geno Silva
Director F. Gary Gray
Producer Robert John Degus, Vincent Newman, Joey Nittolo, Tucker Tooley
Distributor: New Line Cinema. Trademark logo.
New Line Cinema
, division of Warner Bros. Pictures

Like any movie with Vin Disel, this is packed with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, and plenty of profanity. And as with most Vin Disel movies, there are females with very little clothing on.

Sean Vetter (Vin Disel) and Demetrius Hicks (Larenz Tate) track down a drug lord, “Memo” Lucero, in Mexico and imprison him in the USA, shutting down the cocaine flow entering the USA. Soon after, Diablo takes over the business Lucero was running and becomes Sean’s and Demetrius’s main target. When Diablo cordinates an attack meant to kill Sean and his wife, Sean’s wife is killed and all Sean can think about is revenge. Revenge clouds his decisions.

I strongly recommend against seeing this film. The moviegoer is bombarded with profanities ranging from taking God’s name in vain, to many uses of the f-word (at least 20). In one of the first scenes, Lucero dances (very sensually) with a girl wearing a see-through mesh bikini. Later, when Sean goes to a club to find a drug dealer, a stripper sensually dances topless. She comes over to Sean and offers to have sex with him and sits down on his lap. However, Sean refuses to do so and even seems to consider it wrong.

Also shown are people that have been grossly mutilated by murders. We also see Sean beat a guy to death. And, of course, there is a rather high body count and numerous shootings.

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Movie Critics
…Shoot somebody …quick. Anybody will do, just squeeze off a few rounds before somebody notices that our movie has a plot no thicker than a McDonald’s Jr. Cheeseburger.” …
Steven Isaac, Focus on the Family
…the film is… just a lackluster but more brutal retreading of “Lethal Weapon” and other such films, minus the charm or engaging elements…