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Rob Cohen (2002)

118min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
James Bond can rest easy. Vin Diesel cements his action-star status as "a new breed of secret agent", but in every other respect this junk Bond from director Rob Cohen is just pure, turbo-driven exploitation - dumb, fun and full of elaborate computer-generated stunts. Diesel plays extreme-sports hero Xander Cage, coerced by US government agent Samuel L Jackson into infiltrating the Prague-based "Anarchy 99" terrorist organisation. Bond parallels abound: Jackson is a scarred clone of M; Marton Csokas the Blofeld-style megalomaniac; Michael Roof a gadget-guru in the Q mould; and Italian sensation Asia Argento is "the girl", with little to do but switch romantic allegiance from villain to hero. Diesel doesn't have Bond's deft control of a one-liner and overall the film lacks wit - as well as consistent plotting - but the stunts are overblown and outrageous enough to produce sheer adrenaline-pumping excitement.

Summary

Extreme sports star Xander Cage finds himself in trouble when his daredevil exploits land him behind bars. However, he is offered an intriguing escape route, courtesy of National Security Agent Augustus Gibbons - who thinks the adrenaline junkie is the perfect man to bring down a gang of international terrorists in Prague. Action adventure, starring Vin Diesel, Samuel L Jackson, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas and Michael Roof.

Cast & Crew

Xander Cage, "X" Vin Diesel
Yelena Asia Argento
Yorgi Marton Csokas
Agent Augustus Gibbons Samuel L Jackson
El Jefe Danny Trejo
Toby Lee Shavers Michael Roof
Senator Dick Hotchkiss Tom Everett
Milan Sova Richy Müller
Kirill Werner Dähn
Agent Jim McGrath Thomas Ian Griffith
Director Rob Cohen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia TriStar Guidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 18 Oct 2002

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