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xXx, then. A better Bond for the noughties, or simply a retread in a flashy new pair of Burton boots? Box-office returns have kept ol' 007 on top, that's for sure, but you can't deny that extreme-sports CIA goon Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) gave him a frantic jog for his money.

Okay, so the plot's a Thunderball xerox, Xander having to wrestle a weapon of mass destruction from the enemy's grip, and the action-packed structure is starkly conventional. But at least the extreme-sports spin blasts a cool gust of fresh air through the formula - after all, the snowboarding avalanche scene topped anything in Die Another Day. And Mr Vin continues to impress as a 21st-century action star, even if the script deals him some pretty shoddy zingers. "Don't be a dick, Dick," indeed.

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 1st 2003
  • Director