Michael Sauter
September 05, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Man Apart

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/04/03
performer
Vin Diesel, Juan Fernandez, Jeff Kober, Jacqueline Obradors, Timothy Olyphant, Larenz Tate
director
F. Gary Gray
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a C-

When Vin Diesel plays a DEA agent whose wife is killed by cartel assassins, you naturally expect the payback to be extensive. Oddly, it isn’t. Oh, Diesel’s grim avenger gets in his whacks, beating one of his wife’s killers to death and setting off an impressively chaotic drug-sting-gone-bad gunfight. But too often, the film plods along at a police-procedural pace, with occasional interludes that feature Diesel staring blankly into the distance, presumably flashing back to happier times. The filmmakers seem to be trying to explore the themes of grief and vengeance, but they’re simply out of their depth here. Just like their star. EXTRAS A handful of deleted scenes only demonstrate why they were deleted.

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