Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Last night, for the umpteenth time, I had rewatched the thriller movie, 'XXX: State of the Union', on Channel 5. It was supposedly a sequel to the earlier smash-hit movie, 'XXX'.

Both movies centred on the adventurous exploits of a new breed of secret agent working for a top-secret national security establishment of the United States, headed by Augustus Gibbons (played by Samuel Jackson).

In the first movie, 'XXX', an underground thrill seeker & extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage (played by Vin Diesel) was recruited to infiltrate - & neutralise - a ruthless East European crime ring, known as 'Anarchy 99', which had sworn to bring down the world.

In the second movie, 'XXX: State of the Union', an ex-US Navy Seal with a troubled background, Darius Stone (played by Ice Cube), who was thrown into jail for insubordination - he got twenty years - but was sprung out & recruited to stop the first military coup d'etat in the history of the United States.

[The movie somehow brought back sweet memories of a very entertaining black-&-white movie from the sixties, 'Seven Days in May', starring Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas, about a military plot - from within - against the United States.]

Strangely, but interestingly, both actors playing the reluctant & renegade secret agent bore unorthodox names, which unwittingly lived up to their characteristic 'anti-establishment' attitude' as shown in the two movies, which in turn resulted in the eventual resolution of the evil designs of the perpetrators.

I had talked about an interesting lesson from the first movie in an earlier blogpost.

Likewise, for me, there was also an interesting lesson from the second movie. It was the question posed as a title in this blogpost.

When the security authorities headed by agent Kyle Steele (played by Scott Speedman; last saw him in 'Underworld') [in the movie, Augustus Gibbons was caught by the bad guys & his entire outfit was eliminated], who found themselves in a dilemmatic logjam with no possible solutions in sight, they sought urgent help from the renegade secret agent. They were prepared to "go outside the box".

That was when our hero posed the critical question.

Going outside the box is one thing for creative problem solving, but how far are we prepared to go is worth considering too.

What a fascinating question!

For the record, I have truly enjoyed rewatching the two non-stop-action-packed movies.

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