A Man Apart
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Vin Diesel got off to an impressive start in the movies by playing a soldier in
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) says, "It would appear that those responsible for …
"The film's incessant violence is disturbing," says David DiCerto (Catholic News Service), "especially in the current climate where world events expose the ugly reality of violence and its consequences as opposed to the stylized version offered by Hollywood. The filmmakers display an almost cavalier disregard for human life, using actors like props to be mowed down like ducks at a carnival game. [The film's] ends-justifies-the-means mentality is incompatible with the Christian understanding of overcoming evil with good."
Blaine Butcher (Preview) says, "The film has some positive themes like loyalty, but it also has a darker side with unclothed women and graphic violence. Be a man or woman apart from this one, and view a more constructive film."
Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) objects to the film's message. "Onscreen, the cartel boss says that to 'bring down a monster, you have to become a monster.' So there, in a shell casing, is this movie's 'moral.'"
Michael Medved (Crosswalk) writes, "Diesel's career will continue to stall if he continues to appear in predictable pap like this tired shoot-'em-up."
Tom Snyder (Movieguide) says the movie is "engrossing in parts (and so is Diesel's performance), but it's not anything audiences haven't seen before at the movies. In fact, the movie at times plays like a big budget production of one of Steven Seagal's lesser movies."
Mainstream critics agree that
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