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Edition No. 71

Date:- 25 October 2002

Film review:- xXx

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I went to see this movie, we all thought it would be fun and a new fresh approach to the 007 styles and the Mission Impossible stories, but Rich Wilkes has written, alas, a copy and just misses the mark. Vin Diesel stars as Xander Cage, who is an extreme sports man who likes to take extreme sports to another level. After foolishly doing a silly stunt which involved stealing a car and jumping off a bridge, he is then forced into the CIA by the government and sent on a special mission. This film has all the hallmarks of 007, but without the British something that makes the Bond films special. At the end it even has a Bond intro, with a girl dancing with a gun. But by the time that comes on most people have left the cinema. Mind you, the effects are first-class, and it has a lot of American Action Hero Style to it. I cannot say much about the plot other than it is good if you have never seen a 007 film. The sets are nice, but the boat looks like a reject from Captain Nemo or Stingray. Sorry, only 2 out of 5. Fun, but not that much so. xXx 2 Production aims to start in mid-late 2003 with a late 2004 release, but I dread to think what this will look like.

Film Review by Patrick Trollope

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Running Time:- 124 min

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Cast credits. First credits only:- 

  • Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, Asia Argento as Yelena, Marton Csokas as Yorgi, Samuel L. Jackson as Agent Augustus Gibbons, Michael Roof as Agent Toby Lee Shavers, Eve as J.J. Tom Everett as Senator Dick Hotchkiss, Thomas Ian Griffith as Agent Jim McGrath, Richy Müller as Milan Sova, Werner Dähn as Kirill, Petr Jakl as Kolya, Jan Pavel Filipensky as Viktor, Leila Arcieri as Jordan King, William Hope as Agent Roger Donnan and Joe Bucaro III as Virg / Joey Bucaro.

Our verdict 2 stars out of five stars 
Film Age Rating In The UK:-  

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