“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”-Review:

Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is brought out of exile to help the government recover Pandora’s box, a powerful device that is a hot commodity among the worlds elite. Xander must recruit a new team of thrill seekers to obtain it.

This third installment is more of the same from the xXx franchise. More action, over the top stunts and visual effects. If you hate these kind of mindless action films, this won’t win you over. Its every action film you’ve seen. A lot of visual noise with no substance. The stunts are so preposterous, but that’s part of the little continuity this series has. In January you can’t expect much, check your expectations. If you turn your brain off you can enjoy The Return of Xander Cage.

Vin Diesel keeps pretty much playing himself. He kicks ass, turns the charm on, and drives the best cars (or BMX bikes). That’s his niche and he’s made a helluva career from it. I can’t knock him for that. He’s made a ton of money doing flicks like this.

Some love has to be given to Donnie Yen. He is incredible. When he’s on screen doing his martial arts, anytime he’s in a fight scene he deserves undivided attention. His fluent movements and grace add something to the film.

It’s good to see Deepika Padukone getting work outside of Bollywood. She handles her fight scenes very well. Outside of that she’s very charismatic. She takes all of the attention when she’s on screen. Ruby Rose is the sharpshooter in the group and in her limited role she plays up her edginess. There’s a massive gunfight where Rose and Padukone just shoot everything in sight. That was a sight.

What I can say about Vin Diesel is that he gives opportunities to athletes looking to expand their brand. In Fast 6 & 7 Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey got limited roles. Here it’s soccer star Neymar Jr. and UFC champion Michal Bisping. Bisping has more of a role than I originally thought. He really holds his own. His comedic timing is great. Some of his delivery is solid for a first timer.

This film is every action film you’ve ever seen. If you don’t have much to do and you’re a fan of Diesel, you’ll have a fun time. If not just stay away.

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