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A Man Apart
Vengeful supercop vs. drug-dealers hokum.

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Vin Diesel sets out to avenge his murdered wife by taking out a Columbian cartel boss.

Although it wrapped in March 2001, Vin Diesel's undercover narcotics cop movie only now sees light of day. First came a lawsuit from the makers of videogame Diablo, who nixed first choice title El Diablo (the name of the Mexican drug cartel boss Diesel is tracking down). More troubling in terms of the finished item, though, are rumours of a reshot ending, as what we've got here is most definitely tacked on in a desperate attempt to rescue a plot that lost its sense of logic long ago.

Diesel does his best to add some acting muscle to his physique, and proves that he can be just as convincing with emotional pain as with the psycho bursts of violence that follow when his character's wife bites the bullet. But in amongst the cop bonding and 'You're too close to the case' clichés, he's fighting a losing battle.

Go see The French Connection instead.

Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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