Top critical review
on September 6, 2003
A Man Apart is a story of revenge. Vin Diesel plays Sean Vetter, a DEA cop filled with anger over the murder of his wife. Before the murder, he was quite mellow. Afterwards, he takes up drinking and smoking. He grows a beard. He leaves his home untouched with the bloody murder scene intact. He is unable to function on the job without his emotions getting in the way. He beats to death a suspect who claims to be involved in his wife's murder. This started a gun fight in which 3 police were killed. Sean�s error was covered up by his partner Demetrius. Sean had his badge taken away and was ordered to take leave and return in 6 months for a psych evaluation. He uses that time to find 'Diablo', the drug lord behind the murder of his wife.
Following tips from the captured former drug lord, Memo, (who Sean and Demetrius, hunted for 7 years) Diablo is sought. With help from their friend Sexy, they follow the trail of money and cocaine from the small time drug dealer in the street to the palace of the drug lord, where Diablo is killed.
Memo was behind it all. He escaped from prison to reclaim his position as the ruling drug lord in Mexico. Sean and Demetrius use their previous knowledge and skills to recapture him in Mexico.
This movie is not as confusing as the critics made it out to be. The only problem is that in the beginning when the agents talk before storming Memo's club, Sean mentions entering the club unarmed. But, they go in and shoot up the place. This seems to be an obvious script error unless it meant that the agents didn't have enough fire power, or they were just joking. An extra 10 minutes could have been used to explore more of the villain's manipulation of American law enforcement. The deceit and callousness could have been better exposed. That would have fully justified the last confrontation and arrest when Sean says the same thing that was said to him when he asked Memo if he killed his wife.
Vin Diesel's performance as Sean Vetter was deep, passionate and effective. There was a good range of emotion shown from happiness to deep anguish. I have no complaints about Larenz Tate�s acting. His presence enhances the believability of story. I only wish this were a more entertaining movie. It was not a bad story. I wish there was something to break the seriousness; maybe a little more humour.