xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

xxx posterVin Diesel as Xander Cage / xXx

Donnie Yen as Xiang

Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger

Kris Wu as Harvard “Nicks” Zhou

Ruby Rose as Adele Wolff

Samuel L. Jackson as NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons

Toni Collette as CIA Agent Jane Marke

Ice Cube as Darius Stone / xXx

 

4 out of 5

In theaters January 20

 

Pandora’s Box, a device that can target a satellite and pull it out of orbit to crash anywhere the controller desires.  NSA agent Gibbons, head of the XXX agent program was targeted and killed by satellite.  NY CIA headquarters is breached by an unusual crack team of specialists who steal the prototype for the device.  TPTB at the CIA want to keep this device out of undesirable hands.  Company big shot agent Marke, concludes the only way to get it back is by luring former XXX agent Xander Cage out of retirement.  Marke wants to call all the shots on the mission, but Xander will only take on the mission with a team that he hand picks himself, but he soon finds that things are not as they appear to be and there is a larger, more devious plot in the works that could jeopardize the safety of the entire world.

 

Vin Diesel returns as the extreme sports James Bond for the millennial set.  Vin’s looking a little long in the tooth since his first turn in this role, but he does not seem to miss a step in this action packed sequel.  Skateboarding, cross-country skiing, zero g combat, even dirt bike surfing (yes that is possible), it’s all on the menu as Xander and his extreme team of irregulars go after the bad guys, or are they bad guys?  Even Ice Cube from the last xXx movie shows up in a well timed, unexpected cameo.  This movie is less of a take on a classic “Bond” clone than its predecessor and seems more about establishing a formula for continuing sequel marketing.  It IS a bit clichéd and predictable, but none the less it is still entertaining.  It will sell popcorn and would be a great date movie.  There’s plenty of eye candy for the boys and the girls as well.  If you like plenty of action without thinking too much, Return of Xander Cage is just what the doctor ordered.  It’s not a must see, but it’s a great time waster.

 

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