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Xander Cage has been "scouted" by Agent Gibbons, a veteran agent with the National Security Agency. Gibbons and the NSA are facing a desperate situation in distant Prague, where their undercover operative has been killed by a gang of cutting-edge thugs. Gibbons needs a new breed of agent to get to Prague, go undercover, and play by Anarchy 99’s own rules...or lack of them...
Action Adventure - Action, action and more action best describes "XXX." But there's
also a decent story to go with all the action. There's cool spy toys
(some are a little far-fetched) and some incredible stunt work. It's
often exciting and suspenseful. Of course the story is pretty hokey
and predictable, but it's still very entertaining.
PROFANITY: 2 GD's, 16 S-words. No F-words. Not too many others. SEX/NUDITY: Some revealing clothes and suggested sexual activity. VIOLENCE: Similar to a Bond 007 movie. Many killed, not graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some quick drinking scenes and some drugs shown. ACTION: Nearly non-stop action with some incredible stunts. COMEDY: Lots of funny remarks made.
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Review Poor "Even in the summertime, the most restless young audience
deserves the dignity of an action hero motivated by something more than
franchise possibilities. Movies like ''XXX'' -- a big 000 -- don't deserve our
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "For Vin Diesel, starring in XXX is a wonderfully
smart career move. Too bad neither "wonderful" nor "smart"
are applicable adjectives to describe this film. XXX is proof positive
that it's easier to fail than succeed with the James Bond formula, and that
films without the "real" 007 probably shouldn't try. If there's one
thing that XXX offers, it's the opportunity to see what a Bond film might
be like with a Sylvester Stallone-type action hero in the lead role.''
Review Very Good "In its own punk way, "XXX" is as good as a good
Bond movie, and that's saying something. Xander Cage is a new franchise, and Vin
Diesel, who was walking around Sundance a few years ago telling everyone he
would someday be a big star, was right.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "The movie is designed to showcase Diesel's strengths
(nice tats, surly delivery, wicked abs), pretty much to the exclusion of other
considerations. The plot is minimal, the dialogue formulaic and the supporting
cast loaded up with unknowns. The movie isn't hard to watch; it zips along at a
good clip, never wasting time on exposition when there's something to break. But
the irony is that for all its "not your father's spy movie" posing,
it's exactly like the later James Bond pictures: predictable, lightweight
and 100 percent disposable.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Some of the negative comments were that this movie has cheesy dialog and bad acting, who cares! I was pretty sure from the preview it wasn't going to be a well written, well acted movie. It's an over the top action flick pure and simple. If you go in expecting nothing more YOU WILL LOVE IT!
As expected, teen and young adult males loved "XXX." The females in these age groups weren't too far behind. Only a small percentage of them didn't care much for it.
Adult males and females were pretty equal. About half loved it and most of the remaining half enjoyed it. Only a few rated it low.
I suspect many of the lower opinions were from those brought to the movie by their companion who likes this type of movie. So, I wouldn't let these lower opinions affect my decision to see "XXX" if you generally enjoy this type of movie.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
If this looks like the type of movie you would enjoy, DON'T MISS IT! I predict teen and young adult opinions will be off the charts. Adult opinions should also be extremely high because only those who like extreme action are likely to see "XXX."
If you're looking for a sophisticated, well developed story and characters, this isn't the movie to see. But if you're looking for some over-the-top action and stunts and a fun, exciting time, "XXX" is the perfect movie.
You truly MUST SEE "XXX" on the big screen! It contains some spectacular stunts.
Tattooed. Head shaven.
Buff to the max. Attitude to spare. A walking advertisement for
anti-authoritarianism. And like the letter that begins his first name (and is
emblazoned into the back of his neck in triplicate by ink-and-needle), extreme
in every way. Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is XXX. He makes his questionable living
by selling web videos of his outrageous, thrill seeking exploits, whether
parachuting out of a stolen car as it plunges 700 feet off a bridge, or other
renegade activities which invite maximum adrenaline flow or, perhaps, a very
early grave. Xander has a coterie of friends and admirers in their death-defying
subculture, but after his umpteenth tangle with the law, his world is about to
take the most extreme detour yet...
...For what Xander doesn't know is that he's been "scouted" by
Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), a veteran agent with the National
Security Agency whose tough attitude and scarred face mark him as a grizzled but
determined warrior for America. Gibbons and the NSA are facing a desperate
situation in distant Prague, where their undercover operative has been killed by
a gang of cutting-edge thugs calling themselves Anarchy 99, headed by the brutal
ex-Russian Army commander Yorgi (Marton Csokas) and his beautiful but hardened
girlfriend, Yelena (Asia Argento).
Gibbons needs a new breed of agent to get to Prague, go undercover, and play
by Anarchy 99's own rules...or lack of them...to stop them from destroying the
world and discover just how dangerous their game really is. And Xander Cage,
with his astonishing physical and athletic prowess and indifferent attitude, is
a perfect, if unlikely (and completely unwilling) candidate. Gibbons will use
any means possible to find out if Xander is his man for the job, even if it
means putting him through the most grueling series of "tests"
For Augustus Gibbons
believes that a man can change--even a seemingly hopeless if talented guy like
"X," and so, Xander is compelled to acquire a new occupation, and a
revised identity to go with it: Agent Xander Cage, code name...XXX!