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XXX (2002)


The hipper and balder James Bond. (If you’re reading this Vin, I’m just kidding. Please don’t kick my ass).

Xander “XXX” Cage (Vin Diesel), a notorious underground rush-seeker deemed untouchable by the law, is coerced by NSA Agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) to cooperate with the government and infiltrate a Russian crime ring. If XXX succeeds, Gibbons promises to keep him out of prison.

I’ll never forget the first time I actually saw this when it was in theaters and I was about 10 at the time, and I my ears were ringing but with good reason, because this movie I thought was the greatest thing I have ever seen. Sadly, that isn’t what I think anymore.

The writing here isn’t as terrible as i could have imagined, but it was still pretty corny though. There were some funny and ironic lines here that had me chuckle here and there, but overall, some lines here will just make you laugh with how corny it sounds and how serious these characters sound when they say them.

There was also this moment in the film where the Russian chick here, Yelena, tells Xander to accelerate the car pedal, but instead says “hit the gas”. I highly doubt that in Czech Republic they use the term “gas” and I know this may sound dumb and pretty nit-picky but for some odd reason this just bothered the hell out of me.

However, when you think about it, this film isn’t about witty writing, it’s all about the action babyyyy!! And the action is good. The effects for some of these scenes (especially that avalanche scene) were really good and used very well in this film. They added a lot to the action sequences but it’s the stunts that really make this film bangin’.

There is no attempt to hide the fact that they are stunts (some are so completely impossible that they don’t even try to make them look possible) and are shot with a reverence that only a true action aficionado can appreciate. You’ll also find many bangs, booms, and loud explosions here, and although probably more than there actually needed to be, I still had a good time with this crazy action entertainment.

Vin Diesel fits so well as the muscular, cool, and awesome Xander Cage who does everything in the eXtreme. Diesel has a lot of snappy lines that make his character a lot more likable, and it’s just Diesel himself who knows how to make this muscle-head character into a guy we can root for and love to see shoot people and have things blow up. This film cemented Diesel’s ability as a box-office name and I’m glad because he’s a great action star. Samuel L. Jackson is pretty good as Agent Gibbs; Asia Argento is a very sexy and sly “Bond girl type” here as Yelena; and Marton Csokas totally hamms it up as our main villain for the 2 hours we watch, Yorgi. This guy’s lines are terrible and had me laughing at him almost every time he put that serious Russian face on.

Consensus: The writing is pretty laughable, but the action makes up for it with the non-stop explosions, terrific stunt work, and the always cool and muscular Vin Diesel looking intimidating as always which has XXX a very good action-spy flick.

6/10=Rental!!

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3 responses to “XXX (2002)

  1. Sam June 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I was sick of the action after about 20 minutes.

    Nice review Dan.

  2. paolocase August 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I remember watching this movie specifically how I got in to watch this movie. I was hanging out with a bunch of Christian families whose kids were into hip hop. We went to this theatre at the edge of the city and we paid through fist bumps. I felt guilty at first and then I saw that this movie earned $62 million in the first week, climbing onto the number one spot that it doesn’t deserve.

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