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xXx Review

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by AVForums Apr 1, 2005 at 12:00 AM

    xXx Review
    'Move over James Bond, There's a new breed of secret agent in town!!' Or so the publicity would have us believe when xXx first hit the screen back in 2002. Lacking the sophistication and subtlety of 007, xXx made up for it with a truck load of action, bucket loads of adrenalin charged set pieces , the confident, charismatic Vin Diesel in the lead role along with more than a few nods of light hearted contempt to the Bond franchise itself.

    If you haven't already seen the movie, (where have you been the past three years?) xXx tells the story of Xander Cage (Diesel) a notorious underground thrill-seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law. But when crack NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) convinces Cage to help infiltrate a Russian crime ring dealing in guns, stolen cars and possibly even chemical weapons in return for not being jailed for his long list of offences, Xander's life of thrills becomes a life of kills and xXx, a new breed of secret agent, is born.

    Well that's the movie in a nutshell, but why has xXx now been given the Special Edition treatment? The reason is the sequel is due out any moment at a cinema near you and, as seems to be the trend lately, when the sequel is released, the makers try to re-kindle an interest in the original as a way of boosting interest and profits in both. For once, this Special, uncensored, unrated Director's cut Edition is worth purchasing even if you own the original release. The added footage only amounts to about 8 extra minutes ( most of which is taken up by a scene which shows Cage talking to a boy on the plane over to Prague about his impending mission which he has the boy believe is a video game on his laptop) and the 'uncensored' part consists of a few extra seconds of naked flesh ( female flesh!...sorry ladies).One extended scene where xXx returns to his room to find a woman in red underwear writhing on his bed for just that little bit longer and the second scene is most unusual! In the original version, the Russian bad guy, Yorgi, answers his phone with a single girl lying in his bed behind him covered by black silk sheets. In this version, he suddenly has THREE naked women in his bed not so well covered by the sheets. Oh the joy of retakes!!! But it's the extra material that offers the most interest and will be covered in more detail further on. Overall a good action movie given a sterling Special Edition treatment.