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A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating:Rated PG 13 for violence, non-stop action sequences, sensuality, drug content and language
Starring: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed By:Rob Cohen

Final Grade:

For a few years now, the world has been impressed with Vin Diesel. There is something about the guy that draws people of both sexes to the big screen. In the box office lines, you see the guys who are bodybuilder wannabes, the little kids who want to learn to kick ass just like their hero Vin, and the girls of all ages who can sit for hours and drool…over the poster with Vin on it. All in all Vin Diesel has captured the attention of this generation, and so when he get his chance to be the lead role in a full length action feature, hold on audiences it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Vin Diesel playes Xander Cage, an extreme sports nut who is recruited by the US Government to gather information on an organaziation that plots to destroy the world. Xander’s bad attitude and macho ego prove to be the right mix as the simple plan of intelligence gathering goes sour and turns into a game of death.

As I look back on XXX I realized something. I want my life back. Some films I come out wishing I could have my time back, but by the end of XXX felt they owed me more than my time back. XXX is pointless. If you like things blowing up, this is the film for you. The pyrotechnics crew must have been the same crew that has done things for any John Woo flick since everything and anything can and will catch fire in a huge explosive fireball. But despite all of these flames its good to know that a hero like Xander Cage can outrun them on a dirt bike that can jump 50 feet in the air.

Now don’t get me wrong. I like Vin Diesel. Vin Diesel, who’s real name is Mark Vincent, (you didn’t actually think VIN DIESEL was his real name did you?) has proven himself to me over the years. His career big time Hollywood career started with a small role in Saving Private Ryan before making it big with Pitch Black, The Fast and Furious, Knockaround Guys and now XXX. And for some of you crazed Diesel enthusiast, you may be interested in knowing that he was the voice of the Iron Giant in the film The Iron Giant In most of Diesel’s films has been a supporting role and XXX sparks his career of lead roles. If this is the start of a lead role trend for him, then I feel badly for him. Diesel has talent, its sad to see it suffer, because it has to sit on the side shelf because of him muscular tough guy physique. I realized I actually enjoy him as a supporting role, and I feel that for now he needs to stick to it, before these bad roles become his downfall.
Despite my review, I know everyone will go check this one out. Heck, they are even beginning to film XXX2, so I know it is inevitable. So, all in all what makes XXX enjoyable? Explosions, big egos and pointless entertainment, that’s what. I know even I have a sweet spot for random gratuitous explosions and violence at times, but by the end it got old. Instead of wasting your $1 download the trailer and watch it on loop. That should allow you to get your Vin Diesel fix, and catch most of the important parts of the plot that you would get in the theater. But if that $1 is still burning a hole in your pocket, send it my way so I can contribute it towards my monthly rent. Unfortunately being a struggling movie critic doesn’t pay the rent… And by giving $1 to me, you are guaranteed it is going to a good cause. If you give a $1 to XXX I don’t know if you can be so sure….

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