xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Movie Review

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xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com

Recommended Audience: Fans of Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collete, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Michael Bisping, Tony Jaa, D.J. Caruso and action movie fans

xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Movie Synopsis

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.xXx_Return_of_Xander_CageRecruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.Packed with the series signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, xXx:RETURN OF XANDER CAGE will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Movie Review:

Here’s yet another franchise where I haven’t seen the first two instalments. But the first xXx was out 15 years ago in 2002, so I’ve got excuse right? I’ve got to say, this is one of the rare few OTT (Over the top) films which I quite enjoy despite the absurd plot.
Samuel L Jackson xxxSo if this is also your first time coming across the xXx movie and hesitating to watch, I can assure you it’s not a pornographic movie (not quite). It’s just Nick Fury NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson) recruiting a group of superheroes super human for his Avengers xXx Program. The story was pretty straight-forward and predictable, the antagonist stole something from the government, the expert was being lured out to retrieve the missing item but things were not what it all seem to be.
xXx: The Return of Xander CageWith a typical plot, the film upped the game by having a kickass international cast from Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand, Canada, Australia, England and of course, America. I have to admit that some of the big names didn’t have much screen time, but they all have their little spotlight moment one way or another.
xxx the return of xander cage donnie yenI know Xander Cage’s extreme sport’s entrance performance (sliding down a forest slope with no snow in skis) was impressive (and humourous too!) but Donnie Yen totally stole the show with just his spectacular opening action sequence as Xiang. The fight choreography was beautifully brutal and best, you have a pretty clear view of all the actions without shaky cams. I had a fangirl moment as I see him perform his action sequence despite him being the “antagonist”.

xxx-return-of-xander-cage-femaleSecond to Xiang’s performance, the female characters each had a distinct personality and skill and they were surprisingly fun to watch. Sharpshooter Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose) and Serena (Deepika Padukone) had a nice collaborative scene where all girls will die to be in it. Even the usually-useless-typical geeky computer expert Rebecca “Becky” Clearidge (Nina Dobrev) had a good mix of girl crush and action sequence herself.

xXx: Return of Xander CageThe film is not without flaws. Aside from the (xtremely) unnecessary making out scenes, the movie had a disjointed ending when Xiang magically teleported from fighting on the plane to walking all healthy and unhurt on the ground with the rest of the team. But the movie being an unapologetically crazy action fantasy, you tend to be more forgiving and simply enjoy the return of Xander Cage.

Do You Know?

deepika-padukone-vin-diesel-xxxBollywood actor Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut with this film. Reportedly she had earlier turned down an offer to work on Furious 7 (2015) after unavailability of dates.

Jet Li xxxDonnie Yen replaced Jet Li for the role of Xiang after Li dropped out for undisclosed reasons.

vin_diesel_xxxThis was the second time Vin Diesel opted out of the second entry of a series that he originally launched as the lead before reprising the role again. Diesel also skipped the second entry of The Fast and the Furious series.

Neymar-XXXFilm debut of football player Neymar.

kris wu exoOnce a member of popular Korean pop group EXO, Kris Wu had this as his Hollywood debut.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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xXx: Return Of Xander Cage is out in cinemas on 19 January 2017.

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10 Responses to xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Movie Review

  1. Zwitsy says:

    Whoah! It’s my first time to see its trailer and I got ecstatic right after watching it. I am not sure why but this looks interesting. I am not sure though if this one is available here in the mall near us but I’ll surely take a look. I find the story really amazing.

  2. Bhushavali says:

    I haven’t watched the movie yet. But I really adore Deepika! Hers and Priyanka Chopra’s career graph have always really astonished me! I may watch it, just for the fun of it!

  3. phyliciamarie says:

    I’m not a big fan of movies with collabs between Asian and Western themes because there’s usually a disconnect, but this looks promising, especially with Donnie Yen in it.

  4. shubhadabhide says:

    I watched and I didn’t like much. Action, story could have been much better…Was expecting loads from Vin and Deepika.

  5. Fred Hawson says:

    Glad you liked it too. It was a lot of fun to watch! A lot of people are harping over its shallow plot, but this kind of adrenaline-driven action film had no need for plot. Hehe.

  6. Sunshine Kelly says:

    I love this movie and there are many good reviews about it. Going to watch it later tonight.

  7. Claire Algarme says:

    I’ve watched the first two installments and I wasn’t quite impressed with the second one. I’m looking forward to this third installment. I’m excited with the Asian actors in the cast.

  8. Jason Panuelos says:

    I was so surprised to learn Kris Wu was part of this cast! I know him from his EXO days and it’s so crazy how he is everywhere now! :O

  9. creativethriftychef says:

    I cannot wait to watch this, my husband and I love this kind of movie.

  10. franckxethee says:

    I think it’s appeal is having a mix of international stars. It looks like a great action packed movie that I would love.

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