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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Carroway
Leo Benita
Lana Collins
Samuel Greely
Special Agent Clark
Billy Collins
Janice Franklin
Denise Johnson ...
Little Girl
Gusti Diego ...
Carlos Currasco
Michelle Madden ...
Anchor Woman
Gunnar Peterson ...
News Producer
Cantina Reporter
Kevin McLaughlin ...
Dr. Arnold Kuay
Kim Huff ...
Ben's Mother


When Dr Ben Carroway (McCarthy) is involved in an assassination where the killers commit suicide once trapped he finds that the killers have no criminal record. However they are all registered missing children and he sets on a journey of discovery with one of the killer's sister (Portia de Rossi) and a mob hitman (Robert Patrick). In Mexico they find a mansion in large grounds belonging to disgraced Dr Greely where children are taught to be killers by a regime of mental conditioning and they plan to put an end to the conspiracy. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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13 November 1998 (USA)  »

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A Breed Apart  »

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Stock generic '90s action thriller
13 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A disappointingly routine action thriller with an interesting premise in that conditioning - used in laboratories to shape the behaviour of animals, the most famous case being that of Pavlov's dogs - is used on children to transform them into ruthless murderers. Unfortunately the premise is only a set-up for some stale antics involving a captured killer, and his subsequent escape and chase. By the end of the film we've gone through the run-of-the-mill confessionals and surprises but the film only impresses us during the frenetic action sequences, which are well-choreographed for a television music and enlivened by some pulse-pounding music. The opening in particular is a real showstopper with a public assassination attempt followed by an explosive double suicide. There's also some cool antics involving a train and a helicopter which makes for one hell of a cliffhanger.

Unfortunately the film becomes less interesting as it goes along, packed full of plot contrivances and attempts at mood which aren't too successful. It ends in a final shoot-out which really isn't that interesting and a bit of an anticlimax. The D-grade casting doesn't help this film much either. Firstly we have the bland straight-to-video man Andrew McCarthy as the hero, Ben Carroway. No matter what role he plays, good or bad, McCarthy just seems to be so damn boring in every film he appears in that you can't care less about him. The much better and under-appreciated actor Robert Patrick (TERMINATOR 2) is relegated to a useless comic-relief irritating sidekick type role when in reality he would have been much better as the hero. Portia de Rossi makes for a sassy and beautiful love interest/female lead but her character is given nowhere to go and extraneous to the plot. Old-timer Nick Mancuso is the mad scientist bad guy but he plays it low-key, with none of the overacting you might expect from the role. A BREED APART is only worth watching if you're really stuck for something on telly, as the couple of good action sequences it does have are surprisingly well-staged, but as a film it's a failure.

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