XXX

Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) aka Triple X or XXX is your standard adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy teenage sketer attitude who spends his days looking cool behind the wheel of some super car he has stolen doing hand break turns, crashing off bridges and all that other juvenile shit all in order to teach Americas politicians some sort of message.  NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) decides to recruit Triple X in order to do what his spies have been unable to, infiltrate the underground Eastern European terrorist group Anarchy 99, under the control of a nihilistic leader Yorgi (Marton Csokas).  Xander having the option to go undercover in the midst of a criminal origination or face prison reluctantly decides to work for Gibbons and heads off to the Czech Republic in order to uncover the nefarious schemes of the anarchist group.

XXX is Vin Diesels first the lead role, and if I am honest his performance is nothing short of perfection, when you set it beside the brutality at which his co starts approached their roles.  Diesel also performed most of his own stunts, the ones that the insurance guys would let him at any rate.  Italian beauty Asia Argento who lays Yorgis girlfriend Yelena  holds her own on screen however  it is hard to say anything bad about a woman who is covered in tattoos and has such sultry seductive magnificence.  The rest of the cast and im including Samuel L. Jackson just walk it in but its not all that bad.   Its all stunts and explosions and I don’t mean that as a necessary bad thing, the craft in the stunt work and pyrotechnics is amazing, most shots being planed out to be performed in a single shot.  The soundtrack is pretty amazing as well, Rammstein even appearing at the beginning of the film, but the album also features Queens of the Stone Age, Drowning Pool, Hatebreed, Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, N.E.R.D, Orbital, and Moby so a good diverse mix of genres that all seem to work in this little world that Rich Wilkes and Rob Cohen created.

Why did I choose this movie?  Yes its unbelievably stupid but somehow I just love it! When it came out it was seen to be a threat to the James Bond 007 movies, and in many ways it forced them to change up the formula a little but over all XXX is a salute to all that makes Bond great. It’s the kind of movie that wont give you any big surprises, you think your sitting down to watch 2 hours of stunts, extreme sports, guns and shit getting blown up and that’s exactly what you get. Its not trying to be clever, the pace is great and you won’t get bored for a second.  This movie is all about fun and that’s what you get.  Shaved head tough guy with tattoos and witty one liners how could I not enjoy this movie!

My Rating: C
Format: DVD
I Own This This Movie

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