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xXx

After having lost another agent, NSA agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) decides to take a new direction in crime fighting and take on criminals to do the job. After a couple of tests, adrenaline-lover Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out as the best choice and whether he wants it or not, he gets sent to Czechia to collect information on Anarchy 99, a terrorist organisation that consists of former soldiers of the Russian Army. After a brief encounter with the czech intelligence, Xander decides to immediately make contact with the leader of Anarchy 99 and after a couple of incidents including shooting the Czech intelligence officer, he gets recruited by them. Unfortunately, after a short while he gets exposed as an NSA agent and just barely escapes with the help of Yelena, the girlfriend of Anarchy 99’s leader.

When Gibbons orders him to go back to the US, Xander refuses and wants to rescue Yelena. By trying so, he discovers that Anarchy 99 has a chemical weapon which will be used to kill entire cities, ultimately creating total anarchy which should overthrow all governments. It seems Xander is the only one that can save the world from Anarchy.

Sound and Vision:
The transfer to DVD is perfect. Only when a lot of CGI comes in you see the resolution dropping a bit, but that’s probably done on purpose to make sure you don’t see to clear where the computer comes in. For the rest the colors are bright, details are sharp, black level is good, etc. etc.

The soundtrack is incredible with constant use of the rear channels in split surround and a subwoofer that let’s you know what it has to be used for, making your whole house tremble. The only minor disadvantage is the fact that the accompanying music sometimes gets a bit overthrown by the effects and sounds way too silent compared to the rest.

Extras:
Rob Cohen again brings us a DVD filled with goodies, much like he did with The Fast & The Furious.

It’s clear that he’s a DVD-lover and of course we start off the extras with a commentary track where he gives quite a lot of information. The Film Maker’s Diary is a documentary in two parts (but you can see it as a whole) where we get to see all information about how the film was created. The fact that next to the interviews and behind-the-scenes footage we also get an accompanying music score makes this a very enjoyable feature. Next up are three featurettes which give some insight on the cars, the locations and last but not least: Vin Diesel. Also some info on the special effects (the avalanche) is given aswell as no less than 10 deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary. Of course we can’t do without the filmographies, trailers and a music video.

Conclusion:
xXx has had many critics saying that it’s James Bond Over-the-Top. I see where they get that (the girls, the car, the gadgets) but Diesel plays Xander Cage more like Bruce Willis in Die Hard. The action is really more than one is used to see and from the first minute to the last you’ll have a feast for your eyes. Don’t expect too much great acting, but who cares if explosions and stunts (loads of extreme sports are being shown in this movie) are constantly thrown at you?

This dvd also contains a load of very interesting extras so I would say this is a definite buy. Rob Cohen again shows after The Fast and the Furious that he wants to give DVD-buyers a lot for their money.

Our Score:
8.0

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