xXx: Return Of Xander Cage Review

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It’s been 15 years since xXx first hit cinemas. The franchise initially built around Vin Diesel revolved around a new breed of secret agent. Built around the X-Games phenomenon, the film went on to be a major box-office hit. However, its sequel, xXx: State of the Union with Ice Cube in 2005 didn’t fare as well. Now, the xXx franchise is receiving a soft reboot of sorts with Vin Diesel returning as Xander Cage. Will it spark a revival?

The Story xXx: Return of Xander Cage kicks off with a heist involving a piece of technological hardware that’s designed to drop satellites out of the sky. Orchestrated by a group of highly-skilled individuals, the government has no choice but to bring former field operative Xander Cage out of his self-imposed exile to help save the day. But upon his return, he discovers a plan that has far reaching implications with things not quite as they seem.

xander_cage 2What Worked The extreme nature of the film series continues with impressive and outlandish stunts, which were the hallmark of the first film. Return of Xander Cage also ditches the solo-outing concept adopting more of a Fast & Furious motif with a team of agents with special skills, which evens out the playing field somewhat.

What Didn’t The eye brow raising stunt sequences are outlandish as ever and the fast paced nature of the film moves at a fever pitch almost leaving its audiences gasping to catch up.

xander_cage 3Plus Points The cool cameos in the film and the tongue-in-cheek fun approach director D.J. Caruso takes with the film. The extended characters in the new film some of which are familiar in foreign cinema deliver a more international feel than most spy movies.

Minus Points The over-the-top silliness of the film plus the multiple double cross plotlines and twists in the film almost makes this a parody of what a spy movie should be.

Conclusion Return of Xander Cage is loud, outlandish and just right out ridiculous but it nevertheless is entertaining in its own way. If you can stomach any of the recent Fast & Furious films including Vin Diesel slurring through his lines, then you may just enjoy xXx’s return to the big screen.

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