xXx: Return of Xander Cage

ho00004102The 3rd xXx film arrives 15 years after the original and 12 years after the Ice Cube led sequel and features Vin Diesel returning to another franchise he once dropped. The extreme sports aficionado Cage returns to save the world, making bad puns and looking “dope” whilst he’s at it.

When a film is knowingly aiming for lightweight action cheesiness does that mean we should lower our expectations? Whilst no one would expect an airtight plot from a film that opens with football superstar Neymar Jr being recruited by Samuel L Jackson for the xXx program, it should not be too much to ask for some exciting action sequences and a few laughs. Unfortunately, there is not too much of anything to get excited about with the film mostly just trying to resemble Diesel’s other franchise money spinner.¬†Including the ridiculous male fantasy that all women like to wear implausibly little clothing and swoon over any man who happens to have muscles or DJ.

All the best moments come from the multicultural cast. Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa in the same film is particularly nice to see. Whilst Jaa is underused. Yen does get to show off some of his finer martial arts skills.

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