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So why don't most critics think much of XXX, the movie? And, why do audiences love this runaway hit? Could it be that movie reviewers tend to live in a passing post-modern age, which is very different than the world that the younger Gen-X group lives in? I truly believe this is the case.
Review by David Bruce


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This page was created on August 12, 2002
This page was last updated on August 21, 2003

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CREDITS

Directed by Rob Cohen
Written by Rich Wilkes

Vin Diesel .... Xander Cage
Samuel L. Jackson .... NSA Agent Gibbons
Asia Argento .... Yelena
Marton Csokas .... Yorgi
Joe Bucaro III .... Virg

Produced by
Creighton Bellinger .... co-producer
Vin Diesel .... executive producer
Todd Garner .... executive producer
David Minkowski .... associate producer
Neal H. Moritz .... producer
Arne Schmidt .... executive producer
Matthew Stillman .... associate producer
George Zakk .... executive producer

Original music by Randy Edelman
Songs by DMX, Kaseem Dean, Eve, Paul Hartnoll, Phil Hartnoll, Jay-Z and Gavin McGregor Rossdale

Cinematography by Dean Semler
Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Joel Negron, and Paul Rubell

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, non-stop action sequences,
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CD SOUNDTRACK


XXX
Various Artists - Soundtracks - 2002


Disc: 1
1. Feuer Frei - RammsteinMusic
2. Bodies (Vrenna's XXX Tweaker Mix) - Drowning PoolMusic
3. I Will Be Heard - HatebreedMusic
4. Millionaire - Queens Of The Stone AgeMusic
5. Get Up Again - FlawMusic
6. Landing - Moby
7. Adrenaline - Gavin Rossdale
8. 004 - Fermin IV
9. Technologicque - Orbital

Disc: 2
1. Stick Out Ya Wrist - Nelly (w/ Toya)
2. Look at Me - Lil' Wayne
3. Truth or Dare - N.E.R.D. (w/ Kellis)
4. Are We Cuttin' - Pastor Troy (w/ Ms. Jade)
5. Still Fly - Big Tymers
6. Connected for Life - Mack 10 (w/ Ice Cube & WC)
7. Lights Camera Action - Mr. Cheeks (w/ Missy Elliot & P. Diddy)
8. It's Okay - Postaboy
9. Yo, Yo, Yo - Dani Stevenson
10. Lick - Joi

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POSTER
XXX
XXX
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Vin Diesel - XXX
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BOOK
Xxx: A Novelization
by Mel Odom

Xander "XXX" Cage is the notorious underground thrill-seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring and avoid going to prison.

Betting XXX can succeed where other conventional spies have failed, Gibbons sends him to enter this world of crime undetected, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Enlisted for a dangerous covert mission, he must combat a clever, organized, and ruthless enemy far beyond the scope of his experience. Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of a new breed of secret agent.

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SYNOPSIS
A New Breed Of Secret Agent.

Click to enlargeVin Diesel reunites with the director (Rob Cohen) and the producer (Neal H. Moritz) of the blockbuster The Fast and the Furious for an action-packed espionage thrill ride from Revolution Studios. Diesel stars as Xander "XXX" Cage, the notorious underground thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson,) forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring and avoid going to prison. Betting XXX can succeed where other conventional spies have failed, Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Enlisted for a dangerous covert mission, he must combat a clever, organized, and ruthless enemy far beyond the scope of his experience. This summer, the fate of the world lies in the hands of a new breed of secret agent.

REVIEW by
DAVID BRUCE
Web Master HollywoodJesus.com
Click to enlargeSo why don't most critics think much of XXX, the movie? And, why do audiences love this runaway hit? Could it be that movie reviewers tend to live in a passing post-modern age, which is very different than the world that the younger Gen-X group lives in? I truly believe this is the case. Clueless movie reviewers gave Vin Diesel's Fast and Furious low marks, but Gen-Y and Gen-X made this a mega hit. Generally however these out-of-it critics do tend to grasp the fact that Vin Diesel has snared the X-factor.

Critic Vanessa Sibbald in the Los Angeles Daily News gets it right when she writes that Diesel has "become the James Bond for the 21st century ... 007 taken to the X-treme."

Click to enlargeFamous film critic Roger Ebert is right on when he writes, "The filmmakers have broken down the James Bond series into its inevitable components, constructed a screenplay that rips off 007 even in the small details, and then placed Diesel at the center of it--as Xander Cage, extreme sports hero and outlaw. In its own punk way, "XXX" is as good as a good Bond movie, and that's saying something."

What I found so interesting about this film is not so much the similarities between James Bond and Xander Cage (Vin Diesel), but rather the differences. In other words, how is the new millennial Super Spy different from the postmodern (1950-99) James Bond? Indeed to see the differences here is to better understand the new culture that is emerging.

James Bond, though an independent thinker, was always a company man. He was what we would term an organizational man. Xander Cage is an outsider that the organization needs to bring in. We saw the same scenario in the recent film Bad Company. In today's world successful organizations seek out Click to enlargeentrepreneurial and creative types, the outsiders.

Xander Cage is more centered on a central relationship than is the womanizing James Bond. Cage develops the friendship before the romantic relationship. Unfortunately, sexual intercourse is too common with both super heroes. It loses its uniqueness.

There is the obvious difference in dress. Bond is inclined towards suits and ties. He would feel right at home with wealthy socialites at a formal dinner party. You might say he is a man in black. Cage, on the other hand, is dressed for extreme sports. There is a scene with Cage in a pricey restaurant; it is obvious he doesn't fit in. Cage is the ultimate individual creating his own reality, yet within a social structure of friends.

Bond is not given to much creativity. Generally in his films he is assigned a collection of spy weapons and gadgets to use for each assignment and he uses each one as directed. Cage is given similar spy gadgets, but doesn't necessarily follow the manual. He seeks more creative uses. In fact the collection of gadgets given to Cage is much more diverse and less specific than with Bond.

Click to enlargeBoth Cage and Bond connect to the Sherlock Holmes stream. They both use the legendary Sherlockian deductive logic. There is a fabulous scene at the beginning of the XXX film when Cage is in a restaurant and he deduces what's really going on. The difference is that Cage mixes extreme action with deductive logic. This is a significant point. The emerging age does not do away with the past, but rather it benefits from it by incorporating it into its own unique fashion.

In terms of spirituality, the film is thin. But it does resonate with some spiritual principles, and I believe that it has certain spiritual application. Those include:

Click to enlargeThe Inclusion of the Outsider. This was a principle that Jesus taught. Jesus always sought out the outsiders, people with HIV-like leprosy, Samaritan outcasts, prostitutes and sinners.

The value of giftedness. Cage certainly had talents and gifts. And they were put to use. I often feel that one of the problems with the modern-era church is that it doesn't offer a place for the creative talents and gifts that so many of its parishioners have.

The tension between the creative individual and the organization. It is easy to forget that the creative process is social and not just individual. Churches, and other organizations, need to be more accepting of the creative individual by encouraging a social environment that values independent thought.

Click to enlargeThe value of those who are different. We embrace Cage. Cage is the outsider and we value him. We are all outsiders in some way. For me, it is reassuring to know that God values my uniqueness and makes room for it. I pray that the church, the corporate world, governments and even social structures will learn the importance of making place for differences and will come to value outsiders, as God truly does.

Long live in Xander Cage, XXX. X-treme outsider.

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