Thanks to Hoyts Broadway Xtreemscreen and Paramount Pictures, we had the chance to see ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

Vin Diesel is back! Back playing a smart mouthed, adrenalin junkie, bad boy law breaker with a heart of gold (the same role he plays in the Fast and Furious/Riddick series). The only difference between “F&F” Dominic Toretto and Xander Cage is Xander’s occasional smiles and attempts at humour.

As an action movie “Return of Xander Cage” is successful in delivery great action stunts, combat scenes and explosions which are fun and exciting to watch. “Return of Xander Cage” is the third installment in the XXX series. The film focuses on Xander Cage’s reluctant return to the xXx (National Security Agency) with a team of action warrior misfits in order to find and stop a dangerous weapon known as “Pandora’s Box”.

The film doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t pretend to be anything else besides a quick, explosion filled action film … but this doesn’t excuse its thin story line and lack of imagination. The predicable plot twists and clichéd script makes for a film with an uneven tone and lack of pace and tension. The film’s main issue is its inability to balance action and comedy. Is it meant to be a comedy? It feels as if the film makers and actors are unsure. The actor’s delivery of lines varies from serious dead pan to satirical or sarcastic which makes for a confusing film. There are some comedic moments but not enough to carry the film.

The supporting characters playing Xanders “side kicks” all brought a light and fun energy to the film and included two Australian actresses Toni Collette and Rubi Rose. (Although it was painful to watch Oscar nominee Toni Collette try to give some depth and meaning to her dismal dialogue and two dimensional character). “Return of Xander Cage’s” incorporation of multicultural cast and settings was refreshing and made for a more exotic film.

As a film the “Return of Xander Cage” deals with the issues of evil corporations and the line between good/ evil which is a remake of the same action film we have seen 1000 times! Although the film offers nothing new to the action genre, it is a fun, feel good experience and a chance to switch off your brain for an hour and a half.

xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage on cinemas now

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