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Vin Diesel, who graduated from supporting player to action hero with The Fast and the Furious, plays an ex-con and snowboard champion recruited by the feds for espionage overseas. Scripted by Rich Wilkes, this action caper follows the James Bond formula to the letter, with an aloof and demanding intelligence chief (Samuel L. Jackson), a sexy bad girl with a conscience (Asia Argento), a Russian villain plotting world domination (Marton Csokas), and various gadgets and exotic locales. But Diesel is no Sean Connery (or even Pierce Brosnan); he's a smirking and oddly chaste muscle man whose body art is more impressive than his wit. Director Rob Cohen supplies plenty of gore, attitude, loud music, and extreme-sports action—in particular, a thrilling aerial drop that's followed by a crushing avalanche. 113 min.

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