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A Man Apart (2003)

A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geno Silva ...
Memo Lucero
Ty Frost
Mateo Santos
Pomona Joe
Hondo (as Marco Rodriguez)
Gustavo Leon
Big Sexy
Malieek Straughter ...
Jim Boeke ...
Bad Cop

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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... Written by Anonymous

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Nothing left to live for......everything to fight for See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, language, drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Diablo  »

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Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£527,730 (UK) (4 April 2003)


$26,183,197 (USA) (9 May 2003)

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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 an R rating and not an NC-17. See more »


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. See more »


Hondo: Remember that cop who took down the big man? We took care of his stupid bitch wife.
Sean Vetter: So you took care of his stupid bitch wife?
Hondo: Yeah. Any bitch who marries a cop has got to be stupid. The keys are in the car. Take care.
Sean Vetter: You killed my wife, you motherfucker?
[Sean beats him to death]
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Just Do It
Written by Ft, Richard Frierson and Keith Ernesto Harris (as Keith Harris)
Performed by Ft (as FT)
Produced by YoungLord for YoungLord Music
Courtesy of Tru Criminal Records / New Line Productions, Inc. / Goliath Artists
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A passable Vin Diesel vehicle.
20 November 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Vin Diesel tries his best to emote in this ultimately routine crime / revenge saga. He plays Sean Vetter, a former gangbanger turned DEA agent. The persistence of Sean and his colleagues over the course of seven years finally pays off, as they successfully apprehend a drug kingpin, Memo Lucero (Geno Silva). The consequence of this episode is that soon Seans' beloved wife Stacy (Jacqueline Obradors) is killed in an assault on Seans' house. Once he's recuperated, Sean is hellbent on finding out just who gave the order to attempt murder, if it wasn't Lucero. All he knows is that a mysterious figure named El Diablo has taken Memos' place and is even more evil and ruthless than Memo.

Larenz Tate plays Seans' friend Demetrius Hicks, who must make a decision between being loyal to Sean and letting the law handle things. Ms. Obradors is an absolutely gorgeous and appealing presence here, and she and Diesel do make a believable couple. Silva delivers a creditable performance as the low key crime boss, with whom Sean actually makes a connection when Luceros' wife falls victim to El Diablo. There's other notable talent in the cast: Timothy Olyphant, Steve Eastin, Juan Fernandez, Jeff Kober, Marco Rodriguez, Mike Moroff, Ken Davitian. The filmmaking is reasonably slick, with the soundtrack full of hip hop and rock, and the action scenes are high energy stuff. But it's hard to get all that interested in this tale when everything just feels so familiar and predictable, not to mention senseless.

As this viewer already said, Diesel gives a reasonable effort as the tormented and enraged lead character, but he's simply outshone by his supporting cast.

Watchable enough for 110 minutes but pretty forgettable.

Six out of 10.

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