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movie review XXX
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 2hr 4min
Starring: Vin Diesel, Samuel L Jackson, Asia Argento, Eve, Michael Roof

MFG Rating: 5/5

This movie is loud, fast, full of explosions and babes, and is dripping with style. Which leads me to ask one question. James who?

Vin Diesel is Xander Cage known as X to his friends, and Triple X to his new boss, NSA Agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson). Xander is an extreme sports nut and somewhat of a political activist, and doesn't mind doing extreme stunts to make his point. How did he end up working for the NSA? Let's just say that the bit of Corvette abuse you see in the trailers got him a little more attention than usual.

Unlike ever other "some guy becomes a spy" movie I've seen, Xander doesn't get a crash course in agency protocol and spy knowledge. After passing a few "tests" he's just shipped off to Prague and told to gather some info on a group known as Anarchy 99. This is a group of bad guys who would like to topple a few governments all in the name of anarchy, which they call "freedom". Whatever, it doesn't really matter. What matters is that we get to watch Xander kick some butt and play with a few toys.

Speaking of toys, Xander does have gadgets like Bond, but he doesn't seem to need them as much, though he does like to blow things up. He's also got great taste in cars. Another thing he has in common with Bond is women, and just like with the Bond movies we really wish this one was rated R! They do manage to show use a number of thongs though, and for that we were greatly appreciative.

Vin Diesel is perfect in this role, I can't think of anyone better suited for it. The opening sequence in the movie pokes at 007, showing that a guy in a tux isn't always the man for the job. I agree, and there's plenty of room on the big screen for more than one spy hero. Bring on the sequels!

- John

 

Vital Stats
                   
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Gun Play
                   
Guns of all shapes and sizes, and people aren't afraid to use them.


Blood & Gore
                   
They had to protect the PG-13 rating, so while people get shot, they don't really bleed.


Car Chases
                   
Some fast driving, and some really nice cars, but not much in the way of chases.


T&A
                   
No nudity, but some great bikinis and undies!

Chuckles
                   

Typical action movie one liners, but there are some really good ones.