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xXx

Year: 2002
Production Co: Revolution
Studio: Columbia
Director: Rob Cohen
Producer: Vin Diesel/Neal Moritz
Writer: Rich Wilkes
Cast: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L Jackson, Danny Trejo, Eve

As ridiculous an action movie that has ever graced the screen. Up and coming action hero Vin Diesel seems to have an ego to match his ambitions of being the next Arnie, and he has the style, movement, and strictly limited range to match. Playing Triple X - an extreme sports fanatic - he's recruited into the NSA by too cool for school field commander Gibbons (Jackson - not the one from Deep Blue Sea).

His job is to infiltrate an East European organised crime outfit hiding typically tacky plans for world Utopia. It's yet another attempt for the American film market to reinvent (and earn as much as) James Bond, tried once before in True Lies. But instead of the requisite steady helpings of girls, guns and action, xXx piles it on far too thick.

The result is fun in an extremely mind-numbing way but best forgotten as soon as you leave the cinema. Diesel's 'acting' is an insult to the trade, Jackson might as well have paid an understudy to stand in for him, but the biggest misfortune will be on the beautiful Asia Argento, who will be the hottest new movie chick for the next five minutes like... that other chick out of that movie.

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