|A Man Apart (2003)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant
Director: F. Gary Gray
"A Man Apart" is a revenge story set against the futile war on drugs. Vin Diesel plays Sean Vetter, a DEA agent working to topple the powerful head of a Mexican drug cartel. After the drug kingpin is captured, Sean's beautiful wife is murdered in an attack on his home, and a new force in the drug underworld using the name "Diablo" starts to brutally take control of the drug trade.
Naturally, Sean wants revenge as he takes aim at bringing down Diablo. Sean and his partner came from the streets and they use all their resources to track him down. There's some great action and the story takes some interesting turns as they begin to uncover Diablo's true identity.
The character development is strong in this film, and Vin Diesel and the rest of the cast deliver solid acting performances. Director F. Gary Gray tries to deliver more than a mindless action flick but unfortunately, the script has a couple of holes, so the twists in the story aren't as effective as he intended.
The most pleasant surprise of the film was seeing Bullz-Eye's own Rachel Sterling make an appearance as an exotic dancer. That alone is worth the price of admission.