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Director Rob Cohen
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Reviewed by directorscut on January 16th, 2005
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Sheer lunacy! Cohen is under the impression he has directed some sort of avant-garde action masterpiece. Within five minutes Cohen compares himself to Hitchcock, says the film is a ground-breaking trendsetter and calls Vin Diesel THE representative of all things American, and a revolutionary! He also compares him to James Dean, Brando and Bogart! He takes credit for inventing action editing scenes done by Woo and Peckinpah decades before. He considers the film to be an original spin on the spy genre (when it is in fact probably the most generic). To be fair he does go through the entire commentary without any long gaps. This commentary is perhaps the summarisation of bad commentaries being made today. Commentaries for films that donít need them. Commentaries by people who havenít got an interesting thing to say and constantly stroke their ego. Remember the days when the only films that got commentaries were classics like the ones Cohen allude to in his commentary? At times like these all you can do is laugh.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 27th, 2009
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The main problem here is that Cohen thinks he is talking over a great movie, which XXX is not. An okay action movie but no Bond film and nothing really original. Cohen does talk the whole time and the track is never boring. Only listen to is you really like the movie and/or have nothing better to do.
Reviewed by Bakersfield on September 30th, 2015
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Rob Cohen is smart guy and I like the way he thinks as far as cinema is concerned.
His commentary for "xXx" is certainly not disappointing. It's informative, honest, entertaining and delivers the type of info us DVD commentary-fans crave for.
As per usual, Cohen shares a fair ammount of technical info (CGI, stunts...), talks a lot about Vin Diesel's character (and his tatoos), points out the reasons why he chose Asia Argento for the lead female role, makes it clear that he knows very well how to shoot and present on the screen a real-looking nightclub ("Most of time they look phonier than all s**t"), and last but not least he praises the hell out of the shooting locations in and around Prague. He also pays respect to the great stuntman Harry O'Connor who died during the making of the movie. Clearly Cohen is proud of the finished product and because he has a lot to say there's basically no dead air.
So yes, as far as I'm concerned the commentary's worth it.
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