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Man Apart, A
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by Scott Weinberg

"Vengeful Cop: Part 4,565,232,233"
2 stars

Vin Diesel made this tired old cop flick well before he skyrocketed into Massive Hollywood Profitability. New Line opted to hold onto the flick until Vin's popularity was at its peak. Then they got tired of waiting and dumped it out this weekend.

Death Wish? Cobra? Hard to Kill? Are we to assume that the screenwriters of A Man Apart never saw any of these action flicks? Or indeed...any at all? Sure, digging in the same old well can sometimes yield some enjoyable moisture but the ridculously overused 'cop with a vendetta' schpiel is older than proverbial dirt. Let's just evolve already.

Vin has a pretty wife. She's offed when an unhappy drug kingpin gets arrested. Vin soul-searches; he muses; he pines and whines and gets all surly.

Then he flips on his Nancy Drew sandals and gets to investigatin'.

Two mediocre action scenes spring up to help alleviate the tedium. All they do is remind us how generic and tiresome the non-action bits are.

Judging by my calendar, Diesel hasn't offered an impressive performance since way back in Boiler Room. I'm not ready to nail the final tack into his coffin yet, but it's disheartening to see a compelling newcomer get devoured by the Hollywood Machine and get spat out as some faceless muscle jock.

None of the supporting actors (Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant, the short-lived Jacqueline Obradors) have the chops to elevate such a tired vehicle into something worthy of special attention. Then again, I doubt that a cast boasting Olivier, Pacino and Streep could work this shelf-dusty blueprint into something resembling a worthwhile expenditure of 100 minutes.

The sort of flick you'll see on HBO one night at 10:15 and flip back to, waiting for the action scenes. Under those circumstances, A Man Apart might be an intermittently good time. As something to spend a whole night and 20 bucks, not even close.

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User Comments

7/24/10 bagwell5 This movie is unfairly picked on. Some brutal action.Olyphant makes a good villian. 4 stars
8/26/05 ES Vin's (God what a name) second best movie 4 stars
2/21/05 Morm Urm, stop bitchin. Awesome movie. 5 stars
10/28/04 Whisker Biscuit it's a good old fashioned ass whoopin' movie what did you expect when hairy met sally? 5 stars
9/26/04 Archanist_101 I dont mean to be rude but... This is more like "A Man FUCKING Apart FROM HIS BRAIN"! 1 stars
9/14/03 SiliconHero I don't remember a whole lot from this movie. Maybe it's better that way. Try again, Deez. 2 stars
9/09/03 Ashley Cole It was fantastic 5 stars
7/21/03 Brent sigh, watch when drunk so you don't care it's bad. 2 stars
6/12/03 Jerry Oh c'mon, guys. This movie was better than the dreadful "basic". 5 stars
5/20/03 your worse goddamn nightmare ok, select any mediocre cop-action type flick, and you get the same tired bullshit critique 2 stars
4/18/03 654 THIS WAS JUST POOR 1 stars
4/17/03 Uncle Salty Newsflash, Vin Diesel can't act! Paired w/ writers that can't write, this is what you get! 1 stars
4/16/03 MEAT it was raw 4 stars
4/12/03 dill hole boring 1 stars
4/08/03 Jack More Mindless Violence, Murder And Mayhem From An Axction Star Wannabe 1 stars
4/06/03 Krys it was tight! 5 stars
4/05/03 E-Rock Vin's best role? The Iron Giant. He didn't have to act. 2 stars
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  04-Apr-2003 (R)
  DVD: 14-Sep-2004



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