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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Action-packed but extremely violent revenge-fantasy movie.

Movie NR 2021 111 minutes
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This is a bombastically violent but thoroughly enjoyable revenge fantasy action movie. Xtreme is a movie so over-the-top and exaggerated, it makes pro wrestling look like a Jane Austen novel. Instead of the proverbial "tables, ladders, and chairs" of professional wrestling, in Xtreme, the viewer is treated to constant fight scenes involving everything from machine guns to handsaws, nail guns, samurai swords, knives to wrenches, and so much more. Yes, it's absurd, but no less so than, say, movie franchises with the words "fast" and "furious" in the title, and the absurdity is far more entertaining than that obnoxious franchise, with far less eyerolling over corny, testosterone-fueled dialogue.

It's not exactly breaking any new cinematic ground, but it's an action movie after all, and in terms of what viewers want from an action movie -- you guessed it: action -- Xtreme goes above and beyond. The acting is good enough, the good characters have enough development to make the viewer root for them, and the bad guys are the right level of both weaselly and vicious to enjoy their comeuppance. It's not a movie for everyone -- those more on the Jane Austen side of the spectrum as opposed to the pro wrestling side aren't likely to enjoy moments of gruesome stabbings in the throat or eyes, and while those moments are relatively rare, the general carnage is not. Those looking for action movies without so much violence are better off steering clear. But for those looking for a fun action movie that isn't smart but isn't mindless either, Xtreme is an enjoyable frenzy of unbridled vengeance.

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