xXx: Return of Xander Cage

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

D J Caruso (2017)

106min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After his debut in 2002, Vin Diesel's high-flying government agent returns after years in hiding to find a device that is turning satellites into deadly weapons. Macho exploitation is the order of the day in a film that is breathtakingly bad. From the Carry On-level script to the convoluted action scenes, this spy caper seems out-of-date even by it's own far-fetched standards. Every twist in the plot seems like a reason to blow up another exotic locale in a manner so cynical that it's hard to enjoy. Diesel glares through much of the proceedings, while talented performers such as Toni Collette and Donnie Yen are reduced to mediocre clichés. The muddied morality of the story also furthers the notion that we are here to see stunts rather than a coherent piece of cinema. These types of films are genetically engineered for sequels, but it's hard to think of anyone who would want to see more of this tosh.

Summary

Premiere. The extreme sports-loving super spy is brought out of exile when a lethal gang of mercenaries steal a powerful new weapon that threatens the safety of the entire world. He must assemble his own team of adrenaline junkie agents to recover the lethal device. Action thriller, starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Xander Cage / xXx Vin Diesel
Xiang Donnie Yen
Agent Augustus Gibbons Samuel L Jackson
Jane Marke Toni Collette
Serena Unger Deepika Padukone
Harvard "Nicks" Zhou Kris Wu
Adele Wolff Ruby Rose
Talon Tony Jaa
Becky Clearidge Nina Dobrev
Neymar Neymar
Tennyson "The Torch" Rory McCann
Darius Stone Ice Cube
Hawk Michael Bisping
CIA Director Al Sapienza
Director D J Caruso
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Other Information

Language: English, SpanishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Jan 2017
Drama