Movie Review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage

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Believe it or not, this is actually the 3rd installment in the franchise but only Vin Diesel’s second appearance in it. Attempting to pass the torch Bond style, Ice Cube took on the name of xXx as the name was a symbol and not a person. From the first movie to the current installment Return of Xander Cage, Vin Diesel comes back to save the day in the most extreme way after a 15 year gap. Of course in that time he has been in numerous films, playing all different types of characters but mostly known for Dominic Toretto in The Fast and Furious franchise.

In the film, he comes out of retirement to retrieve a piece of tech that has the ability to take the world’s satellites that are floating in orbit and actually use them as weapons and target specific spots for assassination. With him are a group of international stars in the rise including Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, and Deepika Padukone. Rounding up the cast you have the slick mullet wearing Toni Collette looking bad ass in her pant suit and Nina Dobrev as the tech girl who doesn’t like violence.

The movie was fun to watch but not much to really take away from the film except for the action and fight scenes brought in. The script and unbelievable one liners from our stars just couldn’t be taken seriously at all. Comparing this to Diesel’s other projects, those movies are far better than what was written for this cast and that is saying something. Not going to lie though, watching this on an IMAX screen with my 3D glasses was kind of cool to look at. Was I bored, not really but I had to call bull on a lot of scenes. The only thing redeeming about this film was actually Nina Dobrev. She was given the best lines, she killed playing the introverted shy tech girl, she delivered her lines that actually were funny. She played the part she was given very well. Ruby Rose who played the excellent sniper but also kicking ass in combat as well took charge and looked good doing it.

Aside from a scene where the team of heroes and villains raced through the streets in cars as well as on foot jumping from car to car in a race to make it to the device before the other served as the best part of the film. That was a lot of fun to watch but other than that, this movie was just made to showcase the fighting skills of some of its actors, to promote the latest in music, and to see how much CGI they can use before going over budget. Sometimes you need a movie that is just fun to watch and that is what this movie does. Just don’t expect the script to be enjoyable to listen to. If you are a fan of these stars or even the first two movies, or you are just an aspiring thrill seeker, this is the movie for you. Otherwise, you can wait to watch this at home on your TV screen. Still luv ya Vin Diesel.

I was actually graced with an opportunity to go to the L.A. Premiere of this movie the day before it’s wild release and I will be posting my experience of that evening very soon so keep an eye out on that to read how a regular movie watcher was able to go to a movie premiere.

2 out of 5

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