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This movie is perhaps the very definition of gratuitous cinema. Ridiculously implausible with stunts that strain even the usual suspension of disbelief necessary to enjoy most action movies, and yet it somehow works. You can groan and roll your eyes as one unbelievable thing after another happens in glorious technicolor but still totally enjoy the movie. According to IMDB.com, this is Vin Diesel’s first time as the lead actor in a movie and it shows. Oddly enough, playing a straight up punk of a daredevil doesn’t sit as well on Diesel as his stellar performance as Riddick in Pitch Black. He seems to play broken anti-heroes better than James Bond-esque leading men, which means there is a slight hollowness to his performance here. He keeps wearing a ridiculous shearling coat throughout the movie and every time I saw it, it made me giggle and totally undermined the seriousness of whatever was going on in the scene.

Diesel is very good at dishing out smart-alecky snark and does so to great effect, particularly towards the beginning of the film. He’s kind of a rebel without a cause until he is scooped up by the NSA, who need an operative whom no one would ever suspect of being a spy. “You know, if you’re gonna ask someone to save the world, you’d better make sure they like it the way it is.” (Of course, the NSA doesn’t do international field work, as that is the bailiwick of the CIA, but never mind, as facts just get in the way of telling a good story.) With nowhere near the depth and refined plot characteristic of the 007 movies, this is still a fun thrill ride with plenty of eye-popping stunts that would make Evil Knievel turn green with envy. Samuel L. Jackson does a decent job of a role he later perfected as Nick Fury in the Avengers movies and Asia Argento does well making sure her character is more than just eye candy. A marvelous way to spend a few hours without having to use your brain, so give it a break and enjoy this movie for what it is – a fun but predictable romp filled with everything the action aficionado desires. – BETHANY

For more on this Vin Diesel movie, visit:  xXx on the Internet Movie Database

           It’s the coat.  See what I mean?  *snicker*

Those are some impressive tattoos.   (The Top 11 Best Movie Tattoos)

“I want you to meet some people and find out whatever you can about them.”   “What kind of people?”                                                                                                  “Dirty. Dangerous. Tattooed. Uncivilized. Your kind of people.” (IMDB.com)

                                   “See that guy there? In the suit made out of motel drapes? That’s a cop.”

According to IMDB.com, this ‘rocket launcher’ is nothing more than a slightly modified video camera painted green.

Yelena (Asia Argento) and Xander Cage (Vin Diesel).

Kirill (Werner Daehn) – a sniper henchman.

                                 This, uh, vessel actually appears in the film.

                                               In real life, women seldom talk on the phone while wearing lingerie and stand in an open window!  I guess Yelena does.

                           Martina Smuková doing her best Princess Diana impression for a role entitled ‘Female Czech Cop’.

‘Garçon, we’ll take all of this.  Put it on my tab and wrap it up to go.’  Yelena and Xander.

                                 Reason to watch this movie:  Huge harpoon gun!

Big bad Yorgi, played by Marton Csokas.

        Samuel L. Jackson as Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons.

           Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage is definitely an adrenaline junkie.

https://i2.wp.com/cdn.speednik.com/files/2014/12/corvettes-place-pop-culture28.jpgFor example, he drives this perfectly good Corvette off a bridge!

Motorcycles!  Explosions!

      And for the coup de grâce, a not-at-all subtle nod to the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.

 

The trailer for xXx:

 

Photos courtesy of Revolution Studios, Original Film and Columbia Pictures

 

Note:  Finding pictures from this movie to post here was not an easy task.  I had to wade through tons of nasty stuff that regrettably matched my ‘xXx movie’ search.  I think I’ll just go rinse my eyes out with bleach now …

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2 thoughts on “xXx

  1. I only watched it because it came along with the ‘Pitch Black’ movies, which I bought on Ebay. The reviews for those are next up. I’m glad you liked the post. It really is a somewhat silly movie, but I kind of liked it anyway.

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