So they're hoping this becomes a franchise, huh? not gonna happen. This thing is so ludicrously over the top ham fisted action mutton. It tries to be coy and say 'wink wink, we're making fun of the genre' but it ends up taking it's place in line with all the other action tripe out there. it starts off slyly poking fun at 007 by having the guy in a tuxedo completely in a fish out of water situation. Stuffy old agent archetype can't survive in this environment, right?

So then why does the film simply remove James Bond from every scene and insert Xander Cage? Nails random hot chick? check. Snappy patter with head of spy organization (Samuel Jackson is M)? check. tete a tete with goofy gadget meister? check. Falls in love with good bad girl? check. Exotic chase scenes that defy all believibility? check. (What's up with that snowboard scene? Were the FX guys digitally teleporting him away from the avalanche everytime it got too close? I saw his little black dot on the screen jump forward four times.And not inexplicably "speed up". He literally popped forward 10 to 15 feet each time.) Saves the world? check. Ho hum. Instead of a tuxedo, though we get a guady furry coat.

The only difference between this film and 007 is that Bond did it first over and over and over again. And where Bond is suave and cool under fire, X is thuggish and lucky.

It's a two hour adrenaline rush, but don't expect it to revolutionize the genre.

ROLLO!