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  • 12
  • Rob Cohen (2002)
  • US
  • 118 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Action-packed spy thriller starring Vin Diesel as extreme-sports fanatic Xander Cage, who is coerced by the US government into infiltrating a Prague-based terrorist organisation when he falls foul of the law.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Rob Cohen

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Oct 2002
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama