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It seems kind of odd to me that a film named xXx is rated PG-13.  It is even odder that a James Bond style film relies simply on action with no real acting ability of the stars and even less of a script.  Oddest of all to me is that anyone over the age of 15 would want to see this film.

I will give the star Vin Diesel credit for making a choice to promote his career with this high profile film - it was a smart move.  Unfortunately one could never call this film smart, original, or even good.

Based around a free spirited character that is into extreme sports and runs afoul of the law due to his flaunting of his escapades on the Internet all while making law enforcement look like mall cops on a bad day.

Diesel plays Xander Cage and after a huge grand theft auto crossed with base jumping is recruited by the NSA to infiltrate a Russian paramilitary group called Anarchy 99.  This group has tons of money, fingers in every piece of illegality in Russia and a desire not to rule the world but destroy all the world's governments and let anarchy reign.

Having his strings pulled by an NSA operative played by Samuel L. Jackson, Xander manages to gain creditability with the Anarchy 99 gang due to the leader's brother knowing of the extreme sports “legend” reputation.

Plan on lots of special effects, car chases, gun battles, crosses and double crosses.  There is even a special gadget man like Q from the Bond series.  What you will miss is story, plot and anything remotely witty, fun or exciting.  While filled with action, there is no tension and tension is what great spy films live on.  No edge of the seat here unless you drank too much soda.

Watch it if you like stunts, but don't be disappointed as this hopefully is not the next Bond franchise.  As always make sure your popcorn is hot and soda cold as you'll truly need something to keep you siting in your seat for this one.  And don't forget to look for me in the back row, three seats in.

 
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