Review Date: March 31, 2003
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writer: Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring
Producers: Robert Degus, Vincent Newman
Vin Diesel as Sean
Laurenz Tate as Demetrius
Timothy Olyphant as Jack
The main differences between this flick and others of its sort would be its stronger emphasis on the lead character and its lack of "all-out" action. In fact, other than one crazy-ass shootout about halfway through the movie, most of the time is spent with the lead character coming in and out of his anger/revenge mode. Diesel does a great job of portraying this man crumbling before our very eyes, and it's his strong showing that kept me interested most of the way. One specific scene featuring the star in a strip joint is a particular keeper, especially the "respect yourself" line he offers a lap-dancer. Classic. Other than that, the film includes some decent directing (although nothing spectacular), spots of bad dialogue here and there and a soundtrack that isn't particularly memorable. Timothy Olyphant, on the other hand, comes to play and along with his scene-stealing performances in both GO and DREAMCATCHER, I'm hoping that this guy finally "breaks out" because he sure deserves it! Other than that, I can't say that much about this movie grabbed me by the nuts and that's really too bad because Diesel's performance tied to a great script might have created something special here. As it stands now, it's an okay movie to watch with your better half or your homeboys who are sick of the straight-to-video Van Dammes and the Seagal/rap star features. Either way, I would wait to catch it on video, if anything. It's also to note that this movie has been "in the can" for quite a while now, so much like the studio did with KNOCKAROUND GUYS, A MAN APART (formerly DIABLO) is being released now in order to capitalize on the heat that Mr. Diesel is still emitting.