Drug dealer XXX (Daniel Craig) is smooth, careful and thus successful, but that is all about to change when his boss (Kenneth Cranham) gives him a different assignment. A gift for those of you who loved Snatch. (2000) and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998); its producer Matthew Vaughn made his directing debut with this entertaining but very clichéd gangster flick. Vaughn makes it work, gives it flair, and creates interest in the colorful characters. Another reason to see this is Craig who’s engaging in the lead – and it’s obvious why he suddenly became 007 shortly after this film.
2004-Britain. 105 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Screenplay, Novel: J.J. Connolly. Cast: Daniel Craig (XXX), Colm Meaney (Gene), Kenneth Cranham (Jimmy Price), George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller… Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy, Sally Hawkins.
Trivia: Guy Ritchie was allegedly considered for directing duties.