2003 Running time: 109 Certificate: 18 Not yet rated

Synopsis

Vin Diesel goes loco as a DEA tough guy who takes the law into his own hands when his wife is rubbed out by a Mexican cocaine lord. Abetted by his trusty partner (Larenz Tate), agent Vin leaves no scumbag unturned as he hunts down the elusive 'Diablo'. Timothy Olyphant is one of the more flamboyant lowlifes in this intense actioner from Italian Job remaker F. Gary Gray.

Director

  • F Gary Gray

Cast

  • Vin Diesel

  • Larenz Tate

  • Timothy Olyphant

  • Geno Silva

  • Jacqueline Obradors

Review

Sean Vetter (Diesel) and his partner Demetrius Hicks (Tate) have finally nailed Baja drugs cartel kingpin Memo Lucero (Silva) after seven years on the job.

With Memo safely incarcerated inside a Californian prison, Sean can return to his candle-making wife and an idyllic life in his Pacific beach-house.

However, the vacuum left by Memo is quickly filled by a vicious mystery cocaine lord, who is only known in awe as 'Diablo'.

He quickly makes his mark by killing Sean's wife in a botched assassination attempt, and this makes the plump narc very angry indeed.

Fuelled by vengeance, the wild widower and Demetrius find themselves on the wrong side of the law as they seek out to destroy Diablo.

The drugs scene portrayed by director F. Gary Gray is not the meticulously observed underworld of Traffic but a powder-drenched place ideally suited to the Homepride flour-graders.

Everyone packs a piece and drives a sexy car (if they can't run to a Lear jet), while women are either loyal familial backbones or decorative lap-dancers.

"I let my emotions take over," concedes Sean, as he surveys a car park full of torched vehicles and bullet-riddled corpses.

Please understand now, these are not the "emotions" of The Hours... but Sean's knee-jerk reaction to anyone perceived as a nasty piece of work.

It's a bit daft, with the comedic highlight being Timothy Olyphant's wisecracking killer hairdresser - think Vidal Sassoon with a magnum.

But that's as light-hearted as it gets. Diesel evidently takes this thriller business pretty seriously.

Tim Evans

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