Note to cocky drug enforcement officers: don’t try to be a superman. Sean Vetter (Vin Diesel) nabs a big-time Mexican drug czar after seven years on the hunt and sees his world fall apart when his girlfriend is killed in what looks like an act of retaliation. Before getting down to bizness, Sean must endure a hospital-bed breakdown sequence and an obligatory moment of woe-is-me observation on his beachside property. Sean can’t squeeze imprisoned drug overlord Memo (Geno Silva) for information—that is, not until the Mexican baddie loses his familia to an ironic car explosion. A Man Apart wants to be numinous (how else do you explain why the film’s title changed from its original video game moniker El Diablo?) but the material is unadulterated make-out session: Diesel provides let’s-get-it-on narration; angry Latinas pack heat (not least of which in their oft-massaged posteriors); Larenz Tate keeps rambling on about wanting “to get his fuck on”; and scantily-clad white girls walk around in their jammies (soundtrack courtesy of Aaliyah). Timothy Olyphant’s Hollywood Jack asks at one point: “There’s a human being called Overdose?” Yes there is and, surprisingly, the film itself isn’t as lethal as you might expect. Acclaimed music video director F. Gary Gray inexplicably observes the sleaze with utter disinterest, but A Man Apart is still too witless to be taken as existential crisis. Amid the film’s incessant gunfire, Diesel pauses frequently to contemplate the carnage as if he were lost in an urban version of A Thin Red Line.
Since there isn't much aesthetic value to A Man Apart, take your pick between the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and the 1.33:1 full screen transfers of the film, both included on the same DVD edition. Colors and skin tones, though sharp-looking, are perhaps a little too saturated for their own good. There's also little-to-no edge enhancement going on, but compression artifacts are noticeable during some overhead shots. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track is spot-on, especially during explosions, but I haven't figured out if the crystal-clear tone of Vin Diesel's preposterous narration throughout the film is actually a good or bad thing.
Seven crystal-clean deleted scenes from the film with a heavy emphasis on the lesbian chic. Also a trailer for A Man Apart, Highwayman and the upcoming Run Ronnie Run DVD.
No surprises here: a bare-bones DVD treatment for yet another shallow entry in Vin Diesel's mostly intolerable acting resume.