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XXX: Return of Xander Cage
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Genre: Action
Thriller
Directed By: D. J. Caruso
Written By: F. Scott Frazier
Starring: Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone
Donnie Yen
Kris Wu
Ruby Rose
Tony Jaa
Nina Dobrev
Toni Collette
Samuel L. Jackson
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: January 5, 2017 (Mexico City)
January 20, 2017 (United States)
Runtime: 107 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: XXX: State of the Union
Sequel: Untitled fourth XXX film


XXX: Return of Xander Cage (released as xXx: Reactivated in some countries and xXx: World Domination (Мировое Господство) in Russia) is a 2017 American action film directed by D. J. Caruso and written by F. Scott Frazier. The film stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Ariadna Gutiérrez, Hermione Corfield, and Samuel L. Jackson. It is the third installment in the xXx film series and a sequel to both XXX (2002) and XXX: State of the Union (2005). The film premiered in Mexico City on January 5, 2017, and Paramount Pictures, who took over a distribution from Columbia Pictures, released the film on January 20, 2017, in the United States.

Plot

12 years after the events of the second movie, Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

Why It Rocks

  1. It's a decent improvement over the second predecessor of the xXx franchise.
  2. Brings back our decent beloved memorable characters, and its cast, such as Vin Diesel, who played as Xander Cage, and Samuel L. Jackson, who also played as Augustus Gibbons, the founder of the xXx program and also NSA field agent who originally recruited Cage, making the fans happy.
    • The title "Return of Xander Cage" is also well-received by the fans.
  3. The opening fight scene with Xiang shoots, and kicks at the command center are pretty cool to look at.
  4. Decent acting, especially for the newer casts Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, etc.
  5. The soundtrack is still as epic as the first movie, which was performed by Brian Tyler and Robert Lydecker.
  6. The third movie brings back the charm and extreme sportsmanship of the first movie.
  7. The action scenes are still cool, just like the previous two films, such as riding on the ski bike chase scene.
  8. Awesome practical effects, especially some of the car crashes, and even explosions as well.
  9. The concept of vehicles, such as making the motorbikes to have ski bikes when landing into the water is actually a cool concept for the action film, which it did fits for the action film very well.

Bad Qualities

  1. Even though it's a decent follow up to the second film, it is generally considered not as good as the first predecessor.

Reception

XXX: Return of Xander Cage received better, but mixed reviews from critics like the first movie, with a 44% based on 149 reviews, and an average rating of 4.83/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise – or action fans – anywhere new.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score 42 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.

Trivia

  • This is the first film produced by Revolution Studios since The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, a decade earlier.
    • In fact, it is also the first Paramount film to be co-produced by Revolution since 2007's Next.

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