A Man ApartApril 4, 2003
A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 5.8/10 (20,431 voted)
Critic's Score: 36/100
F. Gary Gray
Stars: Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant, Larenz Tate
Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge…
Writers: Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring
(as Marco Rodriguez)
Nothing left to live for……everything to fight for
Release Date: 4 April 2003
Filming Locations: Inyokern, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,019,224
(6 April 2003)
(11 May 2003)
Did You Know?
The scene where Sean beats the dealer to death was cut by seven seconds. The original scene featured the dealer spitting out teeth and bloody pieces from his cheek. The scene was cut in order to get the R rating and not NC-17.
When Sean and his group get in the silver car to leave the plane hanger, the car has a temporary license sticker in its rear window. When the car pulls out of the hanger, the temporary sticker is gone and there is a proper license plate where one should be.
They call us down here. They take away our weapons? They expect us to go into a building full of drunken cartel gunmen unarmed? I mean, that isn't fun.
You're not gettin' paid to have fun. Good luck, gentlemen.
Not spectacular, but pretty good
One of those films which I don't think the current IMDb score (5.4)
It's a bit formulaic – ex-bad-boy super-DEA agent gets the bad guy,
pays with the life of his nearest & dearest, and goes out for revenge.
Even I saw the reveal at the end coming way-off (I rarely do), but I
still really enjoyed this film.
I thought it was very well plotted and paced; Vin Diesel played it
gruff, but mostly low-key (no huge sobbing moments, or tearful walks on
the beach, which was refreshing). His character, along with that of his
friend, were fleshed out into more-rounded human beings than the usual
action hero & sidekick. The enemies were straight out of 'the Big Book
Of Drug Dealers and Cartel lackeys', but Timothy Oliphant was amusing
and well played, as ever (also a great turn in The Good Girl).
And I found the violence viscerally satisfying & gritty, without being
seriously glorified, or venturing (too far) into Bad Boys style
Hollywood explosions, helicopter gunships, LA car chases etc.
Most surprising of all (to me) is that Vin agreed to grow his hair out
a little – as you would in an extended hospital stay – and roughen up
his otherwise clean shaven / macho male model looks. Wandering around
with the goatee, he reminded me more of the guy out of Cypress Hill.
Kudos also goes to the ending. It could have finished two scenes
earlier than it did, but the tying up of loose ends wasn't done in an
overly sentimental or triumphant way, which was similarly refreshing.
Good screenplay, good acting (in a pretty standard film like this), and
mostly avoiding the really obvious clichés of plot & character. I
really enjoyed it. On the scale of revenge movies – it's not as good as
Mel Gibson's remake of Payback, or The Rock in the remake of Walking
Tall. But it would hold its own alongside them in a collector's box