Monday, January 7, 2013

XXX (2002)


Number Rolled: 27
Movie Name/Year: XXX (2002)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Length: 132 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Rich Wilkes
Actors: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Roof, Richy Muller, Werner Daehn, Petr Jakl, Jan Pavel Filipensky, Tom Everett, Danny Trejo, Thomas Ian Griffith, Eve, Tony Hawk

XXX is about as action-filled as action movies get. Exactly what else do you expect from a Vin Diesel casted film, though?

A daredevil internet sensation falls into some trouble after earning his third strike. He’s whisked away by a government agency, tested and then offered a free pass on jail if he completes a mission. He accepts the deal and goes ahead to attempt to bring down Anarchy 99, a Russian crime ring.

There’s not a huge amount of depth to the storyline and lots of movies have done this brand of story before and since XXX came out, some have even done it a lot better. It’s not the most intellectually stimulating movie out there, but sometimes that’s just not what you’re going to be looking for. Sometimes it’s just about getting lost in another world where you can watch amazing action sequences and lose yourself in the imagery of it. At least, that’s how it is for me. I love a movie that challenges me and makes me think, but I also like the movies that are creatively done to highlight the action behind the story. Whether it’s for background noise, or because I had a bad day and just want to watch shit get blown up, this would be a damn good movie.

I’m not the biggest fan of Vin Diesel’s acting, usually, but I thought his flat-snarkiness really fit his character and it presented some laughs during the movie. As much as I enjoyed him, however, I enjoyed his co-star, Asia Argento, a lot more. She played a relatively stereotypical character, but she did it with finesse.

The one glaring issue I really had with this movie was the forced love story aspect. Now, if you know me and you’ve read some of my blogs up until now, you’ll know that I love a good romance. You’ll also know that one of my biggest pet peeves with movies is when they force the romance between characters where the movie just would have been done better without it. Let’s call that the Bloodrayne philosophy from now on.

Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

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