Judge David Johnson is Agent XIV. But don't tell his wife, Agent MCXV. She wouldn't understand.
Betrayal comes at a price.
And that price? 136 minutes of your life, flushed down the toilet.
Facts of the Case
Based on the Belgian comic book (which inspired a kind of interesting first person shooter during the previous video game generation), XIII tells the story of the assassination of the first female American president and the geopolitical fallout from this event.
Who pulled the trigger? It might be a man with amnesia (Stephen Dorff) whose only clue is the "XIII" tattooed in his chest. As he struggles to figure out his identity, a shadowy conspiracy unfolds and various men with automatic weapons attempt to kill him, including another tattooed hunter (Val Kilmer).
You better be prepared to strap in for the long haul. XIII is the DVD presentation of a television miniseries, which means you're going to have to absorb two hours and sixteen minutes of derivative plotting, political cheap shots, predictable story twists and a small amount of serviceable action. If that's enough to satiate your digital entertainment colon then lap it up. If, however, you require a conspiracy thriller with more nuance than a substandard episode of 24 then move along.
XIII kind of hates me, I think. I don't how else to explain away the fact that it subjected to me to such a ridiculous story for such a long time. Look, XIII, I know I never got around to finishing your video game, but don't take it personally!
Anywho, here's what I learned from this long, slow slog through mediocrity:
Republicans are evil fascists.
As soon as you leave the Marine Corps you turn into a domestic
Stories about secret agents with amnesia never get old.
Conspiracies always involve the same people with the same
No one else besides our hero knows how to use a sniper rifle.
If you're intent on engaging in this disposable mission, the DVD is okay, starting with the clean 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and a 5.1 surround mix and ending with some interviews with disinterested cast members and behind-the-scenes footage.
As if this ordeal wasn't long enough, the cliffhanger ending promises a sequel. Perhaps XIII will team up with the other 12 to hunt down and destroy the NRSC?
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