xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Movie review

Vin Diesel performing extreme stunts

  


By Paresh B. Mehta

Genre: Action   Recommended: General Audience   Released: 14 January 2017
Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev
Directed by: D. J. Caruso

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, movie review

Deepika Padukone makes an impressive debut in Hollywood with this action film. Its not only that Indian girls win international beauty contests, this Bollywood actress has fortified the belief that Bollywood actresses can now make a mark on the international entertainment industry.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the third film in the xXx franchise. The earlier ones being xXx (2002) followed by xXx: State of the Union in 2005 in which the character of Xander Cage was supposedly killed.

The style and music of this installment is similar to that of the original films with a heavy dose of extreme stunts, now added attraction is that of heavy metal soundtrack.

Naturally, the film belongs to Vin Diesel who plays the central character – Xander Cage, an extreme athlete turned government operative who was believed to be long dead. He comes out of self-imposed exile to help the CIA in his latest mission.

Xander Cage is recruited by the CIA to race villain Xiang (Donnie Yen) to recover a powerful weapon known as “Pandora’s Box” which can control satellites and could be used against any target having the potential to cause catastrophic damage.

Much to his dislike, he is given a group of CIA trained commandos to assist him in the mission. Like in typical filmy style he drops them mid-air and then seeks out to recruit a group of thrill-seeking cohorts, a sharpshooter and a hacker.

During the operation, Xander finds himself caught up in a deadly conspiracy of corruption among world governments including insiders in his own country’s government.

Vin Diesel enthralls and entertains, Deepika Padukone skilfully executes her stunts (which appear realistic) while the other ensemble cast comprises that of Hongkong actor Donnie Yen, Kris Wu – the Chinese born Canadian actress, Ruby Rose – an Australian model-actress and Tony Jaa – the Thai martial artist.

This one is definitely a treat for action lovers and xXx fans.

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Cast:
Vin Diesel as Xander Cage
Donnie Yen as Xiang
Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger
Kris Wu as Harvard Zhou
Ruby Rose as Adele Wolff
Tony Jaa as Talon
Nina Dobrev as Rebecca Clearidge
Samuel L. Jackson as NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
Toni Collette as Jane Marke
Nicky Jam as Lazarus
Rory McCann as Tennyson
Al Sapienza as CIA Director
Michael Bisping as Hawk
Ariadna GutiƩrrez as Gina Roff
Hermione Corfield as Ainsley
Tony Gonzalez as Paul Donovan

Credits:
Production company – Paramount Pictures, One Race Films, Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films
Produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent
Directed by D. J. Caruso
Written by F. Scott Frazier
Based on Characters by Rich Wilkes
Music by Brian Tyler, Robert Lydecker
Cinematography – Russell Carpenter
Edited by Jim Page, Vince Filippone
xXx: Return of Xander Cage, movie review