Sunday, May 13, 2012

xXx (2002)

Seen: On our big screen/projector, streamed from netflix instant.

Man when this came out I was not yet on the Vin Diesel train and probably thought it looked dumb. I was TOTALLY WRONG. xXx shoves thrill seeker/extreme sports athlete/guerrilla filmmaker Xander Cage ("X" to his friends) into a world of super spies and Russian mobsters after he's forcibly recruited by mysterious government soldier guy Agent Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson). After performing a lot of cool stunts and daring (but non sequitur) escapades, he's sent to the Czech Republic to infiltrate a Russian crimelord who is developing weapons of bio-terrorism. Xander wants to save the world but he does things his OWN WAY because FUCK THE GOVERNMENT, etc.

Packed with some jaw-dropping stunts and a ridiculous, mostly nonsensical storyline, xXx is a wholly satisfying dumb action movie. The action is fantastic, and done without much CGI, just a host of super talented stuntpeople and lots of fire and vehicles and explosions and expendable henchmen. It's awesome. Seriously, at one point he like drives a motorcycle over a building and it explodes and he lands on the roof as it collapses. And he parasails onto a submarine with missiles attached and has to duck under a bridge. Whaaaaaat. There's shootouts and stuff too. This movie has it all!

Vin Diesel basically plays his overconfident, goofy self as he powers around various dangerous situations with a cocky smirk and an oft-zoomed-on XXX tattoo. Asia Argento is there too, showing off a strange set of teeth and refusing to bone anyone because she's too busy being a super spy or something. And Danny Trejo and Eve pop up for like a minute each! Cool! Mostly just be impressed with the crazy stunts, though. And the questionable science employed in the bad guy's evil plan.

4/5

Pair This Movie With: Well due to the nature of Xander being approached by Samuel Jackson for a mysterious government agency that wants to save the world or whatever, we're pretty sure this movie is secretly a prequel to The Avengers. Which I'll be writing about in a few days.

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