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Movie Review - xXx (2002)
Triple X - To the Extreme
Action movies and Vin Diesel. There is something about a man with muscles, tattoos and attitude that just drives the adrenaline high. Now, yes, as a woman I should be insulted how women are objectified by the movie. Women reduced to sex objects and the cliché ‘damsels in distress'. So why am I sitting here watching the movie? Again? Because Xander Cage is hot. He's also a good old fashioned hero who's out to do the right thing. Yeah, he's a loose cannon and a real pain in the ass to the point where he probably he probably feels like a three fingered prostate exam to his ‘boss' Gibbons. But that's what makes him so much fun.
He starts off by stealing a senator's red corvette much to the dismay of the senator and his ‘very young' female guest. Then he drives it off a bridge. Naturally who doesn't want to drive a senator's car off a bridge? And with the senator in it? Augustus Gibbons has a plan for Xander. The thing is Xander or "X" doesn't follow plans well. He doesn't take orders that go contrary to his personal honor system. He doesn't follow the NSA playbook. If he did, then the world would be screwed, glued and tattooed. Not in a fun way either.
Doing things his way he gets into heart of Anarchy 99 finds the one person who has a good heart but has done very bad things, he makes friends with the villain and finds out the nasty plan Yorgi has for the world.
Vin Diesel is great as Xander Cage. He's tough, clever and has a sense of humor that keeps him from being deadly dull. The stunts he pulls are amazing, incredible and probably impossible for just one man to do in one lifetime and survive, but it would certainly be cool if it was possible. The stunt in Columbia with riding a bike over an exploding building and over a barbed wire fence was awesome. Then there was outrunning an avalanche on a snowboard. I mean, lets have a reality check here. Or not. It's fun to watch and get a little adrenaline rush. And I do mean rush.
Marton Csokas was delicious as the villain. Anarchy personified. The only rules are his and he has wonderful style. Those that are loyal to him are willing to die for him. He has something in his nature that genders that kind of loyalty in the disenfranchised that they will die for him. All in the name of chaos.
Asia Argento was excellent as the former Russian agent who has been undercover for a couple of years and who would do what she had to in order to survive the assignment she had volunteered for. Yelena is dedicated and tough but honorable. Forgotten when the soviet secret service reorganized she didn't turn her back on her mission. One has to give her ‘snaps' for that.
Someone once said Samuel L. Jackson is in everything. He's great in this as Gibbons, Xander's ‘handler'. Not that he ‘handles' him that much, but you have to admit he's a man who knows how to inspire someone like Xander, at least most of the time. At least he was smart enough to keep the reins loose on this particular stallion.
A grand adventure that was a fun watch and a great way to pass some time and leaving you grinning from the adventure. It wasn't bloody or gory as so many movies in this genre can be. Not wholesome by any means. But anyone who was around when James Bond with Sean Connery came out will know what I mean. Besides who can resist the blue tricked out GTO.