XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE movie review by The Commander

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XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

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BY THE COMMANDER

2 (out of 4 Stars)

 

It's been 15 years since the original XXX (2002) and the sequel XXX: State of the Union (2005) hit the big screen.  Vin Diesel has gone on to become a major Hollywood action star appearing in the Fast and Furious series, Riddick and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as a host of other films. So why fire up the XXX franchise at this stage of the game?  Was it the money? The producing credit? The chance to work with both Indian and Chinese film stars? Or the ability to do business with the Chinese film industry. Whatever the reason, you know it's going to be a wild action packed CGI style movie. And after watching it in IMAX 3-D I can tell you it does not disappoint the audience. 

 

I really can’t say much about the film itself without giving away the best parts but the story is simple.  XXX (Vin Diesel) is called back into action after a group of highly trained unorthodox mercenaries steals a device that can control all military satellites.  They will crash these satellites into earth destroying their targets.  Danger Will Robinson!  But aren’t they supposed to burn up before entering earth’s atmosphere (as stated by NASA)?  Gotta love the reality in the movies, at least with the Marvel films, you know that everything is real!

 

Throw in international stars: Donnie Yen (Hong Kong, last seen in Rogue One), Deepika Pudukone (India), Ruby Rose (Australia), Tony Jaa (Thailand), Kris Wu (China), Nina Dobrev (Bulgaria) and Hermoine Corfield (England) and you’ve got worldwide distribution covered.  

 

 

For the most part this is a ridiculous, silly, stupid movie. The fight and chase scenes are so over the top and outrageous, they resemble nothing in reality.  Add in stupid stimulating conversation and you've got a teenager's wet dream. 

 

As in this example, "He said I'll know why when I know why. Now I know why".  With dialogue like this you know this is destin for an Academy Award in Linguistics. Here's another soliloquy. "Catch the bad guys, get the girl and look dope while doing it. You do know how to look dope don't you?"  I'm absolutely blown away by the intelligence level of the conversation. Who talks like this?

 

Ridiculous as it may be, it's still a fun movie so if you love eating popcorn buy two buckets. You'll run out quicker than you thought. For all action and no story this is your film.

 

 

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