MOVIE REVIEW: A Man
A Man Apart runs out of gas
|I CAN BE SENSITIVE
IF I TRY! Despite Vin Diesel's graceful dive into the emotional pool,
his new flick falls flat on its face.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Gino Silva
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
By Myles DeRosse
A Man Apart is the movie that will set Vin Diesel apart from
the rest of those cheesy action stars. At least, that's what the film's
promoters will have you believe.
In a weak attempt to create a compelling, serious action flick, A
Man Apart takes aim and shoots itself in the head.
The movie is about two friends that hail from the streets, but are now
DEA agents fighting the drug war at the Mexico/California border. After
agent Sean Vetter (Diesel) deals a huge blow to the flow of drugs by putting
the major drug lord, Memo (Silva), behind bars, a new player in the drug
world known only as Diablo tries to become the new provider
of drugs to the United States by taking out all of Memo's resources.
Diablo also feels the need to kill the man who caught Memo, and orders
some of his underlings to kill Vetter. But things go completely haywire,
and Vetter's wife ends up getting killed instead of him. This is where
the movie starts, as Vetter vows to get some serious revenge on the man
who took away his love.
So, where can the movie go now, you ask?
The movie has all the necessary elements for the perfect action flick:
a crazy plot, a hunky leading man, lots of drugs, lots of women and even
more guns. Throw in a dash of bad guy and a heap of profanity: now that's
the perfect movie.
Or is it?
It seems that wasn't enough to give Diesel a breakthrough performance,
so the writers added in some emotion and dramatic suspense. Diesel actually
pulls this off rather convincingly, taking the opportunity to move himself
to the next level of super-stardom.
But this "serious side" seems to turn the film into something
it's not. Everything seems to be badly pieced together in order to make
the story "flow," but it ends up having lots of holes.
From the constant jumping between different locations to having DEA agents
having personal friendships with ghetto drug dealers, many aspects of
the plot make very little sense.
One redeeming aspect of the film is the cinematography. The use of camera
angles and colours gives some of the scenes a feeling you would expect
to get from a Ridley Scott film. Unfortunately, this technique is wasted
on completely unrealistic, five-minute gun fights and strip shows for
dirty old men.
Although Diesel delivers a great performance, A Man Apart is
definitely not the movie that will make him a respected actor. In order
for a role to have that effect, the film he stars in can't be the cinematic
equivalent of a heaping pile of elephant crap.
Overall, it's like putting diesel in an unleaded car: they just don't